Independence Day Featured ‘This is our first freedom’: Finns celebrate independence day

‘This is our first freedom’: Finns celebrate independence day

FINNISH Independence Day celebrations are set to take place in the capital Helsinki.

The day is also being celebrated in the northern city of Oulu. 

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has said he will hold a special press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday to discuss the independence day. 

He said he would also call a special meeting of his national parliament on Wednesday to discuss “the situation on the ground” in the country. 

Prime Minister Sipileka said in a televised address on Tuesday that Finland’s independence day was a “historic day” and that the government would act “responsibly” in relation to the situation on its borders. 

The government has already made a number of moves to secure its borders and to prevent the spread of refugees from Turkey. 

But, Sipilesi said, there are “several other things” that the Finnish government must consider as well. 

“There are a number other things that the Finns must consider,” Sipilsi said.

“And they must act responsibly.

We need to be vigilant on the borders and we need to act prudently in relation in terms of migration, in relation of terrorism and in relation on the other sides.” 

Sipilani said he wanted to hold a press conference to discuss his government’s priorities on the day, but would also not elaborate further on those. 

 There are still many questions left unanswered about the fate of thousands of refugees who have arrived in the Nordic country over the past month, many of them Syrians fleeing the war in neighbouring Turkey.

They have been stranded in Greece and Turkey for more than a year. 

Last week, Sibir, the largest city in the city of 16 million people, became the latest to be declared a “safe haven” by the government. 

Hundreds of thousands more refugees, many fleeing the civil war in Syria, have been forced to camp on the streets of Sibirs capital, the predominantly Kurdish city of Šemelce in the north of the country, for days and weeks. 

More than 10,000 people are currently being housed in tents in the former city of the former Yugoslav republics capital, Belgrade, and a further 6,000 are housed in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the capital. 

(AP: Anna Marton)Sipilsia said on Tuesday the government’s focus had been on building “safety” and “security” of Finland’s borders and had set out a series of measures to secure the country’s borders.

He said the country would have a “strong presence” in Europe to keep its borders secure and to help those displaced by the conflict. 

SIPILISI said the government has made several arrests and detained about 1,000 migrants and refugees from Greece and its neighbouring countries since the beginning of the year.

He also said more than 50 police officers have been suspended since November over their role in the migrant crisis.

“This is a very important milestone,” Sibilisi said of Finland independence day.

“This is an important day, and we want to do all that we can to keep this event positive and peaceful.” 

A large number of Finnish families have already left the country for neighbouring Sweden for winter.

Sipili’s government has offered them a place to stay in Finland, but the refugees say they are being turned away.