Together with cities all over Europe, the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Tampere and Oulu participate in a minute of silence for the victims of the corona pandemic which started one year ago. The joint commemoration takes place on Wednesday, 24 March, at 13:00.
The minute of silence is an initiative of the city network Eurocities, of which cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Tampere and Oulu are members. To date, 822 people have died of Covid-19 disease in Finland and in Europe there are a total of almost 900,000 deaths.
- Europe needs a joint moment of reflection, says Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence.
- Let us pause for a minute to mourn the dead, to honour those suffering from the consequences of the pandemic, and to reflect on our own situation – to take a breath in the hectic everyday struggle we all experience.
To date, 822 people have died of Covid-19 in Finland and there are almost 900,000 deaths in Europe. The pandemic has affected the lives of almost everyone and we have many reasons to acknowledge each other and ourselves over the past year. The cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Tampere and Oulu hope that the minute of silence will also be taken into account in the places of work if possible.
As events are not possible at the moment, everyone should observe this minute of silence for themselves. To support a shared experience, Eurocities offers a video live stream with Dario Nardella.
- I invite everyone to join and to be silent together for a moment, to commemorate, and to find new strength together.
Eurocities is a network of 198 European cities from 38 countries, representing 130 million people.
The minute of silence will take place on
Wednesday, 24 March, 12:00 CET