On Monday 13 March, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Finland's President Sauli Niinistö took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Finland Monument in Finland Park, Stockholm. The ceremony was arranged by the Swedish Volunteer Corps Memorial Association to commemorate the end of the Winter War.
On arrival at Finland Park, The Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip were welcomed by Colonel Bengt Nylander, Chairman of the Swedish Volunteer Corps Memorial Association.
During the ceremony, three wreaths were laid at the Finland Monument. Sweden's wreath included the text "In memory of the volunteers fighting for Finland's freedom, from the Kingdom of Sweden". Finland's wreath included the text "Honouring the memory of the Swedish Volunteer Corps, from the President of the Republic of Finland". The veterans' wreath included the text "For the freedom of Finland and the Glory of Sweden, from the Swedish Volunteer Corps Memorial Association".
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Finnish Embassy. The participants included Swedish volunteers who served during the Winter War and the Continuation War, together with other veterans and representatives from veterans' organisations.
During the reception, Terttu Jenny Edin, Juho Peräläinen and Pehr Karl Erik Sjödahl received the First Class Knight of the White Rose of Finland.
More than 8,000 Swedish volunteers fought in the Winter War (1939-40), and around 1,700 fought in the Continuation War (1941-44). The aim of the Swedish Volunteer Corps Memorial Association is to preserve the memory of the volunteer forces. The wreath-laying ceremony takes place on the anniversary of the end of the Winter War on 13 March 1940.
Finland became an independent nation on 6 December 1917. The state was created at the Finnish people's own initiative, following long-term efforts. The jubilee is being celebrated through the year with a broad programme of activities.