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    • 6 december 2015

      Finland's National Holiday

    • On 6 December 1917, Finland adopted its Declaration of Independence.
      It had been part of the Kingdom of Sweden between the 12th and 19th centuries before becoming an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire in 1809.
      Finland adopted a new constitution in July 1919 and became a Republic with a president as its head of state, but Russia did not recognize Finland's independence until 1920.

    • 10 december 2015

      International Day of Human Rights

    • The Council of Europe supports this solemn day, which aims to promote the protection of human rights around the world.
    • From 14 december 2015 to 17 december 2015

      Plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

    • The plenary session of the European Parliament is when the Parliament formally convenes to vote for European Union legislation and to adopt its position concerning political questions. The plenary sessions occur 12 times per year in Strasbourg, and there are 6 "mini-sessions" in Brussells.