Learn more about the colourful and dramatic history of Finland through the fascinating stories of our presidents. Dramatised short films have been made about eight of our presidents who have since passed away and who have memorials in Helsinki.

This website represents the contribution of the City of Helsinki’s Urban Environment to the centenary celebration of Finnish independence 2017. The City Environment takes care of the public environment, including national memorials.

You can view the films by clicking video-button and listen to a brief biography of each president by clicking audio-button. The biographies can also be read. Biographies are also available for presidents Koivisto, Ahtisaari and Halonen. To find out more about our current president, Sauli Niinistö, go to www.presidentti.fi.

You can also learn about our presidents with a walking tour of their memorials. Next to each presidential memorial is a plaque with a QR code or short link to this website that you can access via your mobile device.