New focus on the environment for Independence Day celebrations

Plans for a 'greener' celebration extend even to the design of the First Lady's dress.

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President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio / Credit: @tpkanslia Instagram

President Sauli Niinistö and first lady Jenni Haukio have announced their plans to host an environmentally friendly Independence Day celebration on 6th December.

The invitations have already started going out to Finns who have “distinguished themselves in many different ways in the areas of sustainability and the environment” according to a press release.

“Environment and nature are inseparable parts of Finland and being a Finn. Because of climate change, Finland may look very different in the future. The responsibility now rests with us” says Niinistö.

Previously, the President’s office said it plans to cut its carbon footprint by at least two thirds by February 2024, the end of Niinistö’s second term in office.

At this year’s Independence Day celebrations at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, the commitment to carbon reduction will be reflected in the catering and decorations chosen for the occasion.

First Lady Jenni Haukio will also be wearing a sustainable dress this year, designed using an environmentally friendly fiber by students at Aalto University.

Some 1700 guests will be invited to the annual gala reception next month.