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Finland’s Independence to be celebrated at Finlandia University

November 29, 2022

One of the Copper Country’s longest-standing cultural traditions will continue at Finlandia University on the evening of Tuesday, December 6, when the Finnish-founded school hosts its annual celebration of Finland’s Independence Day. The university has commemorated the establishment of the Republic of Finland each year since Finland achieved independence in 1917.

The public is invited to the event, which gets under way at 6 p.m. at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The evening’s schedule includes performances by the Kivajat Dancers and a musical group that formed as a result of classes offered by the Heritage Center’s Finnish American Folk School.

Finlandia University President Timothy Pinnow will give the keynote address at the program.

Since its founding in 1896 by Finnish immigrants, Finlandia University (formerly known as Suomi College) has remained true to the Finnish roots and sensibilities upon which it was founded. The Finnish American Heritage Center is the most outward expression of this dedication, providing both campus and community with a direct connection to Finnish culture and history.

For more information about the Independence Day program, call (906) 487-7549.

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Finnish Independence Day Celebration 2021

Kivajat Dancers performing at Finlandia University’s 2021 Finnish Independence Day Celebration.

Article provided by the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University.

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