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Stubb honors war victims on Memorial Day prior to the trip to Lapland – Eye on the Arctic

Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP via Getty Images)

President Alexander Stubb laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki on Sunday morning as Finland celebrated Memorial Day, honoring those who died in Finland’s wars and peacekeeping missions. The President serves as Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Armed Forces.

Memorial Day, also known as the Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Soldiers, has been celebrated on the third Sunday of May since 1940, when the tradition was established by the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Armed Forces, Marshal CGE Mannerheim, just after the Winter War. Mannerheim later served as president in 1944-1946.

Previously, the Finnish flag was flown at half-mast until 2 p.m. on Memorial Day before being raised to full mast, but now it is flown in the normal manner all day long.

On Friday, Stubb discussed Ukraine and cooperation in the Scandinavian and Arctic regions with the Icelandic president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson in Helsinki. On Saturday, Jóhannesson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu in northern Finland.

The president visits the Sámi parliament

Next week Stubb will pay a provincial visit to Finnish Lapland. The head of state will travel to the two northernmost municipalities, Utsjoki and Inari, on Thursday and Friday.

Stubb meets with schoolchildren, municipal leaders, reindeer herders and representatives of the Sámi parliament, which is embroiled in a dispute above the right to vote.

He will also visit the Sámi Museum and the Siida Nature Center, which was recently named European Museum of the Year, as well as the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute.

According to rescue officials, Utsjoki and Inari have been hit by flooding in recent days due to rapid snowmelt evacuate residents on Sundays.

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