As if you needed another reason to come to Tallinn or Helsinki – two beautiful cities very conveniently connected by a 2-hour ferry ride. Well, if you are interested in orders and decorations, then this year you have just one more – the new exhibition at the National Archives of Finland in Helsinki, Rauhankatu 17 – Finnish Orders of Merit: 100 years, organised by the Finnish Chancery of Orders. The opening took place on 4 December, the exhibition will last for a year and is free to enter.

Apart from showcasing the history of the development of the Finnish honours system, its traditions, rules of wearing decorations it also shows the awards of Mauno Koivisto (an exhibition that could previously be seen at the Turku Castle).

The exhibition includes all the awards of President Mauno Koivisto
Koivisto’s Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (1970)
Mauno Koivisto – the Golden Order of the International Olympic Committee (1994)
Mauno Koivisto – 1st Calss (Grand Cross) of the Terra Mariana Order of Estonia (2001)
Mauno Koivisto – Knight with Collar of the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim (1982, Collar 1983)
Mauno Koivisto – Knight of the Danish Order of the Elephant (1983)
Mauno Koivisto – Order of Lenin of the USSR (1983)
The Finnish Honour System – insignia of the Orders of the White Rose and the Lion of Finland
Secretary of Legation Leo Sager’s medal bar and miniature chain
Decorations of the Order of the Cross of Liberty
Proposals for the insignia of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by  Gallen-Kallela
Gallen-Kallela Order of the White Rose
Gallen-Kallela’s scetch for a decoration
Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: first scetch of the Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
scetches of the Order of the White Rose
Honoric Order of the Rose of Finland. Gallen-Kallela’s scetch on the lid of a sigarette case (2 February 2018) with accompanying letter
“Star Showers”  in December due to Awardings in connection with Independence Day (Helsingin Sanomat 1952)
Fownder of the orders – Marshal of Finland Gustaf Mannerheim

Don’t forget to pick your own copy of the Catalogue at the Exhibition!

There is also an excellent brochure from the Exhibition in Turku. It is in Finnish  Swedish and English.