The date December 6th strikes out in Irish and Finnish history. On that date in 1917, Finland was proclaimed independent, and in 1921, the Treaty to establish the Irish Free State was undersigned. Independence was achieved through parliamentary activities, passive resistance and physical force (Easter Rising in 1916, War of Independence). The struggle ended in civil war in Finland 1918 and Ireland 1922-23 before both countries could begin the building of an independent parliamentary democracy.
Rolf Johansson (published author, journalist and former diplomat) gives an insightful presentation comparing the two countries during these years.
Born in Helsinki in 1950, holds M.A and Lic.Phil. degrees from the University of Helsinki, and has pursued postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin. Rolf has worked as a journalist and a diplomat, including four years as the deputy ambassador at the Finnish embassy in Dublin. He has written books and articles on Finnish and Irish history.