Festive celebration of Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state

On Friday 25 August, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited Stockholm. The visit was part of the celebrations commemorating Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä marked the occasion by attending a commemorative festival in Kungsträdgården, the largest centenary celebration held outside of Finland.

  • Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä shake hands.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in Stockholm. The visit was to commemorate Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson /

  • The Finnish and Swedish Prime Ministers at a press conference

    Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

    Photo: Ninni Andersson / Government Offices of Sweden

As part of Finland’s 100th anniversary festivities, Mr Sipilä and Mr Löfven also took part in an event where Finnish artist Marja Kanervo’s sculpture ÅR TAL (YEARS) was unveiled at Engelbrektsplan in Stockholm. The work is part of an art project entitled ‘Two countries – one future’. Swedish artist Eva Lange’s work will be unveiled later in Helsinki.

Discussions and a press conference were subsequently held at Rosenbad. Bilateral cooperation, regional security, the bioeconomy and EU affairs such as migration, social growth and security were the main subjects discussed during the meeting.