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Virtual lecture: History of Suomenlinna
25.5.2021 / 17:00 – 18:00
During its history, the Suomenlinna fortress has belonged to three nations: to Sweden from 1748 to 1808; to the Russian Empire from 1808 to 1918; and to Finland since 1918. It has been a military stronghold and a naval base, while also being an integral part of the City of Helsinki. If it had not been for the Viapori fortress, Helsinki would not have become the capital of Finland in 1812. The massive fortress has had a significant financial impact on Helsinki, also on a European scale. Entering the 19th century, its population was higher than that of Helsinki itself. However, the fortified island and the city formed a symbiotic relationship, with one supporting the other.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ehrensvärd Society, the National Archives of Finland and the Ehrensvärd Society have built the “Fortress of Three Nations” exhibition at the National Archives and published a book with the same title. Jussi Nuorteva, Chair of the Ehrensvärd Society and Director General of the National Archives of Finland, and Päivi Happonen, Director of Research at the National Archives of Finland, will talk about the different stages of Suomenlinna following the exhibition’s themes. The lecture will be held in Finnish.
The event will be held as a remote lecture: https://arkisto.fi/suora