Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, Norway to the north, and is defined by the Gulf of Bothnia to the west, and the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea across Estonia to the south.

Finnish history tells the story of how a group of people emigrated from central Russia and strove for centuries to emancipate themselves from Swedish and Russian rule. The unfortunate thing about this history is that the earliest chronicles were written by Swedes, and much of ethnic Finnish culture and events before and well after the Swedish crusades has escaped written record altogether.

Finland had been part of the Russian Empire since 1809. Following the Russian revolution and the defeats in the First World War, movements within Finland pushed for independence from Russia and on December 6th 1917, the parliament declared Finland as an independent state.

This holiday is celebrated annually on December 6th and marks the Declaration of Independence from the Russian empire by the Finnish Parliament in 1917.


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Independence Day in Finland in 2021. (2021).

Relationship between Finland and Assumption University of Thailand

The President-Rector Magnificus and the Academic Community of Assumption University of Thailand greets and congratulates the Government and people of the Republic of Finland on the occasion of the Independence Day of Finland, on December 6, 2022.

The University community is pleased that currently there are Finnish students enrolled in some undergraduate and graduate degree programs and we wish all our Finnish students a happy celebration on their country’s Independence Day.

On August 16, 2019, An orientation for International Students of Inbound Exchange Program from several countries: Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, South Korea and Australia who are currently enrolled in different faculties and programs at Assumption University, was organized at the Salle d’ Expo, Hua Mak Campus. Directed by Mr. Glen Vivian Chatelier, Director, Office of the International Affairs.

There were the memorandums of understanding between Assumption University of Thailand and the universities in Finland for developing international exchange and cooperation programs based upon the principle of reciprocity. The MOUs are as follows;