‘Independence means creating a common story around ideas of Finnishness’ [Finland 100/Suomi 100]

Mahmudul Islam
Jun 6, 2017 · 25 min read
Photo taken during Haapavesi Folk Music Festival in 2015. Courtesy: Jenny Kangasvuo

As Finland is celebrating its 100 years of independence in 2017, I could not come up with a far more excellent idea than talking to Finnish people from different walks of life about the idea of Finnishness. The centenary year gives the Finns plenty of reasons to look back at the past and rejoice at all their glorious