Finland celebrates the 96th anniversary of its independence from Russia today.
For the first time ever, the Independence Day ball, the highlight of Finland’s social calendar, is not taking place in Helsinki. The event is being held in Tampere as the Presidential Palace in Helsinki is closed for renovations.
About 1,700 guests have been invited to the Independence Day reception and a concert at Tampere Hall, hosted by the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.
The event is followed live on television by millions of Finnish citizens.
The public holiday is traditionally celebrated by wreath laying on the graves of war heroes, by remembering the veterans and a torchlight procession by university students.