13.12.2016

Pro Finlandia – Finland's road to independence. Perspective: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland

The third part of the Pro Finlandia exhibition series about Finland's path towards independence opens at the National Archives (Rauhankatu 17, Helsinki) on 14 December 2016.

The exhibition is the third part of a more extensive series of four exhibitions that shows how Finland, the Finns and Finland's aspirations were seen in other European countries in the decades preceding independence and its first years. The exhibition series is connected to the Finland 100 project. The exhibition, which opens in the National Archives in December, will present the relationships between Finland and the other Nordic countries.

For Finland, building close ties with its Nordic neighbours during the century following the Napoleonic Wars was particularly important. Despite the linguistic differences between the majority of its population and the other Nordic nations, Finland adopted the strong Nordic identity and values embodied by Scandinavism. These provided a strong basis for domestic improvements and foreign relations when Finland joined the family of independent European nations in 1917.

The exhibition includes original documents, publications, photographs, paintings and artefacts from the period. The key themes of the exhibition are Scandinavia after the Napoleonic Wars, trade and diplomatic relations, Scandinavism, and student cooperation and universities. The exhibition pays special attention to the Sámi movement, the Scandinavian art colonies, social democracy, and the status of the Åland Islands. In arts, the exhibition features names like the author Selma Lagerlöf and the pioneer of industrial art Count Louis Sparre.

Pro Finlandia – Finland's road to independence. Perspective: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland” is open at the National Archives from 14 December 2016 to 15 September 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tue–Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer). Entry is free.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a book of the same name will be published by Edita.

The main exhibition at the National Archives will be supplemented by a 16-poster touring exhibition, which will be shown in the Nordic countries during 2017. The poster exhibitions of the earlier parts of the series will be shown in Finland during its centenary year.

For further information, please contact:

  • Jussi Nuorteva, Director General, jussi.nuorteva@arkisto.fi, tel. +358 29 533 7001
  • Päivi Happonen, Research Director, paivi.happonen@arkisto.fi, tel. +358 29 533 7018
  • Pertti Hakala, Researcher, pertti.hakala@arkisto.fi, tel. +358 29 533 7014