Another year has passed. It is once again time for me to wish you all a happy
Independence Day. I know, of course, that you are proud to fly the flag for Finland every
day of the year.
It won't surprise you to hear that the autumn here in Finland has again been long and dark
and we now all look forward to the light and joy the December festivities will bring.
It is precisely this joy and happiness I want to wish to you, Finnish citizens and people of
Finnish heritage around the world.
And once again: Happy Independence Day!
President of the Republic of Finland