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Finland celebrates Mother's Day

Finland marked Mother's Day on Sunday. Mums could expect a bunch of flowers, a self-designed card or even breakfast in bed.

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A total of 33 lucky mothers received a medal in honour of their service to parenthood.

The honours were presented a ceremony attended by President Sauli Niinistö and his wife in Helsinki’s House of the Estates.

A honorary medal can be presented to a mother for her contribution as an exemplary parent and for her support of family life.

Flags flew across  the country on Sunday in honour of Mother's Day, which has been celebrated in Finland since 1918.

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