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In 2007 Finland celebrated the 90th anniversary of its independence. After the 1917 February Revolution, the position of Finland as part of the Russian Empire was questioned. Since the head of state was the tsar of Russia, it was not clear who the chief executive of Finland was after the revolution. After the abdication of Grand Duke Nicholas II on 2 March (15 March N.S.) 1917, the personal union between Russia and Finland lost its legal base – at least according to the view in Helsinki. There were negotiations between the Russian Provisional Government and Finnish authorities.
On 2 November (15 November N.S.) 1917, Vladimir Lenin declared a general right of self-determination, including the right of complete secession, "for the Peoples of Russia". On the same day, the Finnish Parliament issued a declaration by which it assumed, pro tempore, all powers of the Sovereign in Finland.
Engraver: Reijo Juhani Paavilainen
Depicts two dates divided by the country name in Finnish and Swedish, the designer's initial (P) between.
Depicts an abstract pattern. The designer himself had the Finnish summer in mind, or rather its anticipation. Summer is important to Finns, sometimes it meets expectations, and sometimes the weather can be disappointing. However, the next summer is always eagerly awaited and from the figure can be distinguished the glow of the sun, the buzz of a wasp, the hum of a mosquito and the gliding of a butterfly.