Marking 100 years of independence

Leevi Ollila will perform at the main event on 6 December.
Leevi Ollila will perform at the main event on 6 December. / SUR
  • The local Finnish community will celebrate with several commemorative concerts

Finnish communities along the Costa del Sol have enjoyed a series of events this year to commemorate the centenary of Finland's declaration of independence.

The State Council of Finland approved and coordinated a series of activities that were organised all over the world to mark the occasion. One of the approved projects has been 'Finland: 100 years on the Costa del Sol of Spain', the grand finale of which will take place during the first week of December.

The first event in the final week of the celebrations is a 'kantele' concert in the Castillo El Bil Bil on Monday 4 December . The traditional folk music concert, which begins at 6pm, will be performed by Kaarnankuoret, a trio that consists of three youngsters who, in spite of their age, are already seasoned performers.

Kantele is a traditional Finnish string instrument with a distinctive bell-like sound and it has played an important role in Finnish mythology. In Finland's national epic, Kalevala, a kantele is the gift the eternal sage leaves behind when he departs Kaleva at the advent of Christianity.

The second event is a special concert that will be held in the Palacio de la Paz auditorium on Tuesday 5 December. This event will celebrate both the Finnish Day of Independence and the Spanish Day of the Constitution, which coincide on 6 December.

The concert, which begins at 8pm, will be performed by The Municipal Orchestra of Fuengirola and will present a programme of Finnish and Spanish music.

The grand finale, The Fiesta of Independence, also held in the auditorium, will begin with the raising of the Finnish flag at 9am on Wednesday 6 December. This will be followed by a Lutheran worship service at midday, after which, there will be a piano concert given by Leevi Ollila. Several choirs will also perform, including the choir of the Finnish School of the Costa del Sol.

This event will be attended by the new Finnish Ambassador to Madrid, Tiina Jortikka Laitinen, and Mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula.

All events are free, except the main party, which begins at 2pm on December 6: tickets costs 12 euros in advance or 15 euros on the day.

There are about 6,000 permanent Finnish residents on Costa del Sol. Another 15,000 spend around six months of the year here, making them the second largest expat community after the British.

For more information, contact Hannu Vuori: 678 41 21 79