Gallery: Glorious weather crowns May Day celebrations in Helsinki

Vappupäivän viettoa Ullanlinnanmäellä.

Perfect spring weather occurring on a holiday Sunday saw Helsinki residents converge on different parts of the city in high spirits. May Day revelers making merry in Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto didn’t stint on the occasion as they put out lavish picnic spreads. In Citizen’s Square, residents soaked up political speeches as well as music. The Presidential couple received the student union choir, and anarchists took to the streets.

Govt parties defend administration's policies at May Day events

Olli Immonen

Coalition parties used the occasion of May Day to close ranks and defend the administration’s record during its year in government. Centre Party secretary Timo Laaninen said that Finland was now on the right path and listed the government’s achievements. The Finns Party’s Sampo Terho said the party has not strayed from its roots and the National Coalition Party’s Arto Satonen said that the government’s employment and entrepreneurship policies are bound to create new jobs.

Opposition, labour leaders slam govt’s job creation efforts in May Day speeches

Vapputapahtuma Kansalaistorilla.

Opposition parties and labour unions lined up to take down the government’s attempt to create jobs during traditional May Day speeches Sunday. Opposition SDP chair Antti Rinne said the party had an alternative plan to create tens of thousands of jobs this year, while outgoing Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki accused the administration of a neo-liberal agenda of which Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan would be proud. Trade union confederation chair Lauri Lyly said government’s focus had been on tightening conditions for receiving unemployment benefits.

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