In 1917, one hundred years ago, on this day, December 6th Finland became an independent state. Our country has faced difficult times, but concurred them together, with some Finnish Sisu. This anniversary is the most important celebration, because it gives the opportunity to understand the past, to experience it all together and to shape the future of our country.
Myself, I was born in the summer or 1996 in a small town called Ekenäs, which is located near our summer cottage in Hangö. Our summer cottage is truly a special place for me because all of my summers I have spent there. I always looked forward to driving there because time spent there also meant time with my now deceased grand parents. My summers were filled with sun, beach games and running around from place to place with no worries for the rest. My grandfather was the sweetest person on earth and I miss him every single day. Like many many other Finns, he was sent to war as a teenager to fight for our country. I never heard him talk about it. I am grateful for all the memories and I am sure that he is somewhere out there looking after me.
Growing up I always dreamed of something bigger and after turning 20, I made the decision to move abroad. My choice of study took me to Stockholm, Sweden, where I currently live. Here, I really feel like I have found the place for me, a place to call my own. Nevertheless, Finland will alway be my home. And on a day like this I am glad I am going home.