The Mayor’s Independence Day Reception for fourth-graders has become a real tradition. This year, the reception will be held on Tuesday 04 December at Finlandia Hall for the 16th time. This year is Finland’s 95th Independence Day anniversary and Helsinki’s 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland.
The document exhibition showcases the year 1812, which was in many ways a significant year in Finnish history. Emperor Alexander I of Russia and Crown Prince Carl Johan of Sweden met in Turku in the August of 1812 and sealed Finland's position as a Grand Duchy of Russia. In the same year, Helsinki became the capital of Finland, Old Finland was connected to the rest of Finland and the national armed forces were re-established.