Finland 100 Venla relay

Finland 100 Venla relay will be run in honour of the centenary of Finland’s independence. The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is ‘Together’. The centenary celebration is open to both Finns and friends of Finland. Joensuu-Jukola will unite the international orienteering family together from over 20 countries.

Finland became independent country in December 6th 1917. Joensuu-Jukola is part of centennial celebration of Finland’s independence. Finland 100 Venla relay will be already the 40th Venla relay. The women’s personal mass start, Venlojen juoksu, was first organized in 1951 and as the amount of participants grew, changed into Venla relay in 1978.

The patron of Joensuu-Jukola is the wife of the President, Mrs. Jenni Haukio. The President Sauli Niinistö will accept the message of Joensuu-Jukola, which is addressed to the 100-year-old Finland. Traditionally the message has been kept as a secret until the the anchor of the winning team has crossed the finish line, but for Joensuu-Jukola there has been made an exception so that all the traditions related to message can be added to the celebratory programme of Finland’s independence.

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100 saplings for the 100-year-old Finland

The orienteerers of Jukola Relay – the friends of clean Finnish nature – have since 1949 come together during the most beautiful time of summer. They have fought in the relay during the summer night as the birds are singing in the trees among the light green leaves. Enjoying the beautiful Finnish nature with respect is the most important value of Jukola Relay.

Joensuu-Jukola and Environment Online will plant 100 saplings for the 100-year-old Finland for the clean nature now and in the future. Environment Online is an international school of sustainable development and its ‘Spruce of the future’ campaign is also part of the ‘Finland 100’ programme. Read more in

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Fall in love with summer night in Jukola

Nature Days 2017 are four days to go to nature together to celebrate 100-year-old Finland. For the celebratory year of Finland’s independence, the Finns are wanted to dive into the winter (February 4th 2017), get wild about spring (May 20th 2017), fall in love with summer night (June 17th 2017) and celebrate the wonderful Finnish nature (August 26th 2017) 100 days before the Independence Day. In 2017, Finland will become the first country in the world to have an official flag day for its nature in August 28th.

The Saturday June 17th in Joensuu-Jukola  is also  the ‘Fall in love with summer’ day, when all Finns are invited to enjoy the atmosphere of summer night. Read more about the Nature Days and other summer night events in

Join the events or go to the nature with friends and share your adventures with hashtags #luonnonpaivat and #finland100.