A children's event at the National Opera kicked off a year of festivities in Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.
Celebrations will culminate Dec. 6, the day Finnish Parliament declared independence in 1917.
Saturday's events included a concert paired with New Year's Eve fireworks over Helsinki, the capital. Finland's Foreign Ministry lit up in the winter darkness by illuminating its facade in the Finnish flag's blue and white colors.
Throughout 2017 there will be hundreds of events in this Nordic nation of 5.5 million — from films, dance parties and environment-related events to concerts and activities linked to Finland's renowned sauna...