As every year at this time, Finns are preparing to celebrate their main national holiday on December 6.
The theme of this year’s Independence Day Reception is knowledge and discussion, as informed today the Office of the President of the Republic in a press release.
“Finland’s strength has always been the ability to work together, making room for different opinions and using knowledge in diverse ways,” says President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.
The Presidential office thinks "technological development has changed the relationship with knowledge: it is easily accessible and the threshold for engaging in discussion has been lowered. The tone of the discussion in society, on the other hand, has hardened."
This year, President Niinistö and the First Lady Jenni Haukio wish to pay special attention to people and institutions that, through their actions, promote the dissemination of reliable information and discussion.
“Everyone can help create a considerate discussion culture, promote confidence in scientific knowledge and expertise and, most importantly, respect truth. This builds trust,” says President Niinistö.
The Presidential couple will invite to the Presidential Palace some 1,700 Finns who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.
Finnish war veterans and members of the Lotta Svärd women’s auxiliary corps will be invited to attend as guests of honour.
Invitations to the Independence Day Reception are now being sent out.