How to light the Finnish Flag, when Finland celebrates 100 years

26 11 2017

 Finland’s big year 2017

Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. The newly born state was willed into being by the Finns after a long struggle. In spite of hard times, the Finnish people have for almost a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together. Now the Finns are leading their country into a new century with courage and determination.

The centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The centenary emphasises Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy by offering Finns and friends of Finland diverse and international centenary programme in Finland and abroad. The centenary year provides opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilee together and set the course for Finland’s future success.

Come and join the celebration!

The government of Finland advises: if you light the flag in the evening or at night, you must light the flag so well that you see the colors well. White must be white and blue must be blue.

However, practically many are lighting the flag with 2700 – 4000 K light. It turns the blue color to violet an white color to dirty yellow. This disparages the Finnish flag. 

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On the left the Finnish flag lighted with normal, warm light (2700 – 3000 K). On the right the Finnish flag lighted with daylight (5500 K). In warm light you can see blue as violet and white as dirty yellow. In daylight you can see blue as blue and white as pure white.


Ilkka Pekanheimo, lighting designer, member of Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Finland, Turku, 358 400 221421,




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