Father’s Day becomes an official flag holiday

The government announced the measure today, so flags can proudly be flown to celebrate fatherhood for the first time in November this year.

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File picture of waving Finnish flag, with Helsinki in the background / Credit: iStock

Finland took another important step on the path of equality between the sexes today, with Father’s Day becoming an official flag day.

The government approved the measure today, which means flags all over the country can be hoisted on Sunday 10th November this year – and every other Father’s Day after that.

Previously, only Mother’s Day had been acknowledged with a flag-raising, meaning men were left out.

“It is great that mothers and fathers have finally come to the same line through the flags. Eliminating this difference is part of the state’s message that parenthood is equal with joy and responsibility” says Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen (NCP).