United States Embassy Helsinki, Finland
Message for U.S. Citizens: Finnish Independence Day Demonstrations
December 2, 2021
On Monday December 6th Finns will be celebrating their Independence Day. Along with the revelry of gaining independence from Russia in 1917, many Finnish groups a use the day as a platform to conduct demonstrations in support of their various causes. While some, such as the Student Candlelight Procession will be without conflict, others such as the Right-Wing 612 procession will attract counter-protests from Left-Wing groups and in a very small number of cases in the past, these demonstrations have devolved into clashes. It is also important to note that there have been several emotional demonstrations recently where organizers are protesting Finland’s current COVID restrictions.
Finland is one of the safest countries on Earth and the Finnish police have dedicated record numbers of resources to ensure a safe Independence Day to include the monitoring and controlling of planned and unexpected demonstrations, but the Embassy recommends avoiding areas where these demonstrations are to take place.
The below are the demonstrations that have already sought permits from the police:
- The Suomi Herää demonstration will start from the Helsinki Railway Square at 3 pm and proceed along the route Mikonkatu–Pohjoisesplanadi–Mannerheimintie–the Parliament House.
- The Helsinki ilman natseja demonstration will start from the Narinkka Square at 4.30 pm and proceed along the route Narinkka Square–Salomonkatu–Paasikivenaukio–Arkadiankatu–Runeberginkatu–Välskärinkatu–Taivallahdenaukio.
- The university students’ candlelight procession will start from Hietaniemi at 5 pm and proceed along the route Hietaniemienkatu–Arkadiankatu–Mannerheimintie–Pohjoisesplanadi–Mariankatu–Aleksanterinkatu–the Senate Square.
- The 612 procession will start from the Töölö Square at 6 pm and proceed along the route Töölö Square–Runeberginkatu–Pohjoinen rautatienkatu–Mechelininkatu.
For further information
· U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland
+(358) (9) 616-250
· State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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