Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Wednesday congratulated the people of Finland on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Finland.
"I am delighted that the people closest to Estonians can celebrate the 100th anniversary of their independent country," Ratas stated in his letter to Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä according to a government press release. "We will rejoice with you and hoist Estonian flags across the country on Dec. 6 to celebrate Finland 100. On this important day of our ethnic relatives, I give my congratulations and wishes of future success to you, the Finnish people, and the country of Finland!"
Estonia's celebrations of Finland's centennial began on Wednesday morning with Ratas, members of the government and choirs singing the Finnish national anthem in front of the Finnish Embassy, which was broadcast live in both Estonia and Finland.
Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian government, which faces north toward the Gulf of Finland on the edge of Tallinn's Toompea Hill, was lit up white and blue beginning Tuesday night in honor of the occasion.
Elsewhere in Estonia, other icons including Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu have been lit up white and blue as well.
Editor: Aili Vahtla