100th anniversary of Finland's constitutional democracy celebrations at the Parliament 

The event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's constitutional democracy will be held at the Plenary Hall on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 12.00. Speakers at the event are the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen and Prime Minister Antti Rinne. The event will be broadcast on TV by Yle.

 

Open houses on 12–14 September 

12–14 September Presidential Palace at 10.00–15.00 

13 September Parliament Building at 14.00–19.00 (visitors’ entrance closes at 18.15) 

The public may visit the building and learn about Parliaments work at their own pace, guided by the staff.
At the ‘Political Marketplace’ the visitors will meet MPs and hear about the work done in parliamentary groups.
Coffee will be served to the visitors at the Parliament’s cafeteria.
The building is fully accessible.

Inquiries: Rainer Hindsberg, Deputy Head of Information, tel. +358 50 549 0436

14 September Government Palace and House of the Estates at 10.00-15.00

14 September at 10–15 Open day event and coffee at Helsinki Market Square

While drinking your coffee, you can enjoy musical performances and listen to speeches and discussions relating to the 100th anniversary theme. The speakers and panellists include historians, MPs and ministers. A more detailed programme of the event is here and at the coffee tent at the Market Square.

President Tarja Halonen will start the series of speeches and discussions at 10.30.

Music will be played e.g. by the Conscript Band and accordionist Johanna Juhola. We will also hear songs from musical theatre from one hundred years ago.

Other events

10–30 September The 100th Anniversary of Finland’s Constitutional Democracy exhibition presenting the history of our constitutional democracy and the Presidents of the Republic of Finland. National Archives, Helsinki

The exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy at the National Archives presents the evolvement of our nation and of the institution of the Presidency of the Republic. The exhibition was put together by Professor Emeritus Timo Soikkanen and Professor Vesa Vares. They will be present to tell about the exhibition on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September.

National Archives, Helsinki

13 September Constitution Day, Helsinki

100th Anniversary of Finland’s Constitutional Democracy Jubilee Seminar at the House of the Estates at 9.30–12.00.

The event will be opened by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Tuula Haatainen and closing remarks will be made by Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

Presentations on the role of the Constitution Act in building the Finnish society from different perspectives will be given by Professor Emeritus Kaarlo Tuori, Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman Maija Sakslin, Professor Tuomas Ojanen and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson.

The seminar will also will also take a look at the future of the rule of law – what will be expected from the Constitution in the next one hundred years? The topic will be discussed by Parliamentary Ombudsman Petri Jääskeläinen, President of the Supreme Administrative Court Kari Kuusiniemi, Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti, Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee Johanna Ojala-Niemelä and Professor Veli-Pekka Viljanen.

The Seminars will be moderated by journalist Olli Seuri, and it can be viewed online at vn.fi/live

Constitution Day for Pupils at the House of the Estates at 12.45–15.30.

More than 250 ninth graders from different parts of Finland will participate in the educational programme.

During the Constitution Day, the pupils will take part in workshops on the Constitution of Finland, democracy and fundamental rights. The event will be opened by Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson. The day’s programme also includes a tour of the Government Palace.

Guided tour of the 100th Anniversary of Finland’s Constitutional Democracy exhibition presenting the evolvement of our nation and of the institution of the Presidency of the Republic at the National Archives at 14.00–15.00

The number of participants is limited, so please register in advance.

National Archives, Helsinki

 

15 September at 11–18 Day to Celebrate the President of the Republic of Finland, the National Museum of Finland

Cosmopolite, country boy from Kajaani in north-east Finland, city boy raised in Kallio in Helsinki 

The Day of the Presidents starts with guided walking tours from different locations at the heart of Helsinki. Expert guides will take the groups from Tokoinranta, Senate Square, House of Nobility and Tavastia to the National Museum, where the day continues with brief presentations at the Auditorium. Both the walking tours and presentations in the afternoon are free of charge. The number of participants in the walking tours is limited, so please register in advance.

Information on the event at museum’s website and on Facebook.

 

Parliament celebrates the 100th anniversary of Finland's constitutional democracy 

10 September at 12.00: 100th anniversary of Finland's constitutional democracy celebrations at Parliament. The event is by invitation only; broadcast on TV by Yle. 

Open houses on 12–14 September 

12–14 September: Presidential Palace at 10.00–15.00 

13 September: Parliament Building at 14.00 –19.00 (Arrive at 18.15 at last)

14 September: Government Palace and House of the Estates at 10.00–15.00

14 September: Open day event and coffee at Helsinki Market Square at 10–15

Music and an opportunity to meet ministers, MPs and other visitors to the market.
More information: Prime Minister's Office

 

Other events

10–30 September: Constitutional Democracy 100 exhibition on the history of Finland’s constitutional democracy and the Presidents of the Republic of Finland. National Archives, Helsinki

The exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy at the National Archives presents the evolvement of our nation and of the institution of the Presidency of the Republic. The exhibition has been put together by Professor Emeritus Timo Soikkanen and Professor Vesa Vares. They will be present to tell about the exhibition on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September.

National Archives, Helsinki

13 September: Constitution Day, Helsinki

300 pupils will learn about Finland’s constitutional democracy and the Constitution of Finland at the House of the Estates and Government Palace
More information: Prime Minister's Office

15 September at 11–18: Day to celebrate the President of the Republic of Finland; National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

Briefings and lectures in the auditorium and guidance on the theme at the exhibitions Story of Finland and Great Finns. 
National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

 

Events earlier this year

19 May and 19 June at 13.00: Walk with Kekkonen – huge leaps and wild thoughts. Follow the favourite walking route of the President of the Republic Urho Kekkonen in Seurasaari, thinking about the memories you have of him. 

17 July: 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy, official flag day

Anniversary events at SuomiAreena public debate forum in Pori

Public event at Kansalaistori Square in Pori 


Professor Henrik Meinander and Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva elaborate on the theme, moderated by Journalist Olli Seuri. Everybody is welcome to attend the event at the MTV Stage.

Seminar: 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy 

The seminar discussed constitutional republic as the form of government and its role as the backbone of Finnish democracy and society. It was opened by Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen and the closing statement was given by Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä. The speakers were First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva, and Professor Henrik Meinander from the University of Helsinki. The discussion was led by Journalist Olli Seuri.