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Record numbers view Finland's Independence Day ball online

Altogether about 3.2 million people watched some part of Yle's coverage of Independence Day celebrations.

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö ja rouva Jenni Haukio keskustelevat veteraani Mauri Maunulan kanssa itsenäisyyspäivän vastaanotolla Helsingissä.
President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio conversing with war veteran Mauri Maunula at the ball on Thursday. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

Yle's live broadcast of the annual Independence Day gala hosted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki attracted 2.51 million viewers at its most.

More people than ever tuned in to watch the coverage on Yle Areena’s video streaming service, where the programme was started 570,000 times. This represents a significant increase from last year when the annual gala was viewed 220,000 times on Yle Areena.

Altogether 3.2 million viewers watched some part of Yle’s Independence Day coverage, which included a military parade in Mikkeli, as well as the pre- and after-party of the presidential gala.

Last year, a record audience – 2.66 million people – watched the gala celebrating Finland’s independence centenary.

Traditionally, the Independence Day ball is Finland's most-watched TV programme every year.

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