Anyone milling around the Adelaide Town Hall in Australia, or the Niagra Falls in Canada, or Lumivaara Church in Russia and even The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Newcastle in the UK on December 6 2017, will all witness the illuminations that celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence from the Russian Empire.

The hard fought independence was at best shaky at the time. Even Lenin (the man behind the 1917 Russian Revolution), who was the first world leader to recognise the new state believed that Finland would end up becoming part of the Soviet Union.

Sure there was a Bolshevik revolution and a civil war, but somehow the newly autonomous country, much loved by holiday-makers for its snowy festive adventures in Lapland and the Northern Lights, made it through.

One hundred years later and the world is celebrating. There will be blue-and-white light shows across Finland but also elsewhere in the world.

Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence, Prime Minister’s Office said:

Finland has received numerous accolades and gifts from around the world this year. Now, the world will turn blue and white for a short time. This is a great moment for Finns and friends of Finland.

Some 30 countries will be commemorating by illuminating landmark sites with the blue and white Finish flag.

Here is where you can see it:

Country, city Site to be illuminated
Argentina, Buenos Aires The Usina del Arte cultural centre
Australia, Adelaide Adelaide Town Hall
Australia, Brisbane Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge
Australia, Canberra Telstra Tower, the Old Parliament House, Malcolm Fraser Bridge, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre(Parkes)
Australia, Hobart Railway Roundabout Fountain, Elizabeth Street Mall and the Kennedy Lane Tourism Precinct
Australia, Perth The Council House building and Trafalgar Bridge
Austria, Vienna The Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro The Christ the Redeemer statue
Bulgaria, Sofia The National Palace of Culture
Canada Niagara Falls
Cyprus, Nicosia The White Walls building
Czech Republic, Prague The Dancing House designed by Frank Gehry
Estonia, Tallinn Stenbock House (The seat of the Government)
Estonia, Tartu The Vanemuine Theatre, Võidu sild Bridge, Kaarsild Bridge
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Lion of Judah monument in front of the Ethiopian National Theatre
Greece, Athens The Arch of Hadrian
Hungary, Budapest Elizabeth Bridge
Iceland, Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Ireland, Dublin Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin
Italy, Rome The Colosseum
Kazakhstan, Astana The bridges across the Ishim River, St. Regis hotel
Latvia, Jelgava Railway Bridge
Latvia, Riga The Tower of the Town Hall in the Old Town
Mexico, Mexico City The Angel of Independence monument
Mozambique, Maputo Maputo Fortress
Netherlands, Alkmaar Stadskantine Alkmaar
Norway, Oslo Holmenkollen ski jumping hill
Poland, Warsaw The Palace of Culture and Science
Portugal, Lisbon Belém Tower (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Russia, Lumivaara Lumivaara Church
Serbia, Belgrade Ada Bridge, Palace Albania
Sweden, Stockholm The Mannerheim memorial
United Kingdom, Newcastle The Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Read next: When is the best time to visit Helsinki, Finland

Source : https://www.thetravelmagazine.net/100-years-finland-independence-day/

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