Finland’s Independence Day Reception

Text by Tuomas Vesterinen, Embassy of Finland

Photos by Tuomas Vesterinen and Gai Kit

The traditional Finland’s Independence Day Reception in Singapore was held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Monday December 6. Some 400 invited guests (Finns, Singaporeans and diplomats) attended the celebration of the 93rd anniversary of the independence. Followed by the customary speeches and national anthems, the guests had a chance to listen to a local choir and enjoy Finnish cuisine and drinks.
       In their speeches both the Ambassador of Finland Satu Mattila and the guest of honour Professor Koo Tsai Kee (Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence) emphasized the excellent relations and unique similarities that the two counties enjoy. Followed by the national anthems, the audience was enchanted by the beautiful vocals of Vox Camerata. The group performed two pieces representing Nordic nature and spirit: Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo and Finlandia by Jean Sibelius.
       After the official program was over, the guests indulged in socializing and enjoying the food. The importance of the Independence Day was expressed by many expatriates as it offers an opportunity for remembering and fostering the homeland.

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