Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Precautions for Finnish Independence Day  

Due to large crowds and likely traffic disruptions in major metropolitan areas on Finnish Independence Day, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, U.S. Embassy Helsinki advises U.S. citizens to follow local police guidance and remain alert to the possibility of crime or civil disturbance.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.


Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.


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