Flag days in 2019

February

  • 5 February, Runeberg Day, anniversary of the birth of the national poet J.L. Runeberg
  • 28 February, Kalevala Day, celebrated in honour of the national epic; Finnish Culture Day

March

  • 19 March, Minna Canth Day, anniversary of the birth of Finland’s first significant female writer; Equality Day

April

  • 9 April, Mikael Agricola Day, Finnish Language Day; the day when the founder of the written Finnish language, Mikael Agricola, died and Elias Lönnrot, a collector of Finnish folklore, was born
  • 14 April, parliamentary elections
  • 27 April, National War Veterans’ Day

May

  • 1 May, Finnish Labour Day
  • 9 May, Europe Day
  • 12 May, Mothers’ Day and J. V. Snellman Day, anniversary of the birth of the Finnish philosopher, writer and statesman J.V. Snellman; Finnish Heritage Day
  • 19 May, Remembrance Day
  • 26 May, elections to the European Parliament

June

  • 4 June, Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces; anniversary of the birth of C.G.E. Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland
  • 10 - 11 June, the state visit of President of the Republic of Korea, in Helsinki on 10 June and 11 June and in Espoo on 10 June  | recommended flag day
  • 22 June, Midsummer Day, Finnish Flag Day

July

  • 6 July, Eino Leino Day, anniversary of the birth of the great Finnish poet Eino Leino; Poetry and Summertime Day
  • 10 July, Helene Schjerfbeck Day, anniversary of the birth of the celebrated Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck; Finnish Visual Arts Day | a recommended flag day
  • 17 July, 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy | a recommended flag day

August

  • 31 August, Finland’s Nature Day | a recommended flag day

October

  • 1 October, Miina Sillanpää Day, celebrated in honour of Finland’s first female government minister and an influential social advocate; Civic Participation Day | a recommended flag day
  • 3 October, flags at half mast following Kuopio incident
  • 10 October, Aleksis Kivi Day, anniversary of the birth of the national writer Aleksis Kivi; Finnish Literature Day
  • 24 October, United Nations Day

November

  • 6 November, svenska dagen, Finnish Swedish Heritage Day
  • 10 November, Fathers’ Day
  • 20 November, Children’s Rights Day | a recommended flag day

December

  • 6 December, Independence Day
  • 8 December, Jean Sibelius Day, anniversary of the birth of the national composer Jean Sibelius; Finnish Music Day