Foundation celebrates 100 years of Finnish independence


The Finlandia Foundation Northland Chapter invites the public to join in a special celebration, the Finnish Independence Gala.

The gala honors Finland's 100th anniversary and runs 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Duluth Depot.

The event kicks off with an opening of Finnish-American Art Exhibit "Together — Yhdessa" in Steffi Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute on the second floor of the Depot.

The official program takes place 6:30-7:30 p.m. and includes greetings from mayors of Duluth and Superior, honoring of decorated Finnish veterans, reading of greetings from the president of Finland, live traditional Finnish music.

The night of the event the city of Duluth will also honor Finland by lighting Enger Tower in blue and white. All Northlanders are encouraged to light two candles and place them on a windowsill to honor their ties to Finland.

Complimentary refreshments including coffee from Finland and appetizers inspired by Finland are served at this family friendly event. The free event is open to the public with free parking next to the Depot at the time of the event. The dress code is business casual, but attendees are invited to wear Finnish national costumes.

The event will receive special media attention, as it will be covered by the most read Finnish media, Iltasanomat. The newspaper is sending its international correspondent to Duluth specifically to cover the event.