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Small U.S. town celebrating Finland 100

The small U.S. town of Naselle in Washington State is set to celebrate alongside Finland during this year’s Finland 100 celebrations

After being under Swedish rule from 1150-1809, and being a Grand Duchy of Russia from 1809 to 1917, Finland finally gained its independence on the 6th of December 1917.

To celebrate Finland’s 100 year anniversary, ‘Finland 100’ was formed. During 2017, activities involving Finnish culture will occur all over Finland, Canada and the United States. This includes concerts, lectures, cooking classes, films, and a travelling sauna.

Naselle has joined the celebrations due to the fact that around 33% of its population have Finnish heritage. The small town of 419 people will host celebrations at their Appelo Archives Centre, which has set up a special display that will be on view all year. Naselle is also the home of the Finnish American Folk Festival.

The first special local event is the showing of the film Under the North Star at the Appelo Archives Center.

 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.