Finland 100 Signature Events

As part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s Declaration of Independence, Finlandia Foundation National is hosting several Finland 100 Signature Events throughout 2017:

  • February 18 Finland 100 Gala in the Lake Worth/West Palm Beach area. FFN was a major sponsor of this social event at the Delray Beach Marriott. A delegation from the Finnish Parliament, led by the Speaker Maria Lohela, honored the gala by its presence.
  • Spring Tour of ten U.S. cities by Ida Elina, the premier modern Finnish kantele player.
  • September 18 Women’s International Study Center Symposium featuring former Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • September 22 The Minnesota Orchestra will perform an all-Finnish concert under the baton of Music Director Osmo Vanskan, Minneapolis.
  • November 4 Finland 100 concert by Philharmonia Northwest , Seattle.
  • November 9 Finland Centennial Forum: “Changing the Game” with Keynote Speaker President Martti Ahtisaari and others, New York City:


    November 9, 2017 at the Union Club, New York City

    This is a high-level and engaging event with international and American speakers on foreign policy and current world affairs. The theme of the evening, Changing the Game,  asks: “How can we manage and harness the political and economic changes in the world today?” The speakers will  address the question from different angles and engage the audience.

    The Finland 100 celebration event is in honor of Former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, who is one of world’s most successful peace mediators. It is co-hosted by American Friends of Crisis Management Initiative (CMI),  Finlandia Foundation National and Finland’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).

    Tickets are $150 per person, and invitations will be mailed in September to those who register before the end of August. Please send your name and contact information to Ritva Metso at ritva.metso @

    Ticket income will be used as a contribution to CMI’s conflict resolution work around the world and to defer the cost of the event, which will include a reception.  

    Warm regards,

    Ossi Rahkonen, President 
    Finland Foundation National