The Scoop on Ex-President Martti Ahtisaari’s State Funeral Happening Now: How to Tune In

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The state funeral of former President Ahtisaari will begin with the funeral service at the Helsinki Cathedral. President Ahtisaari will be buried in Hietaniemi Cemetery next to other former Finnish presidents.

The State Funeral of Former President Martti Ahtisaari Takes Place Today: Here’s How to Observe

More than 800 invited guests are expected to attend the state funeral of former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari in Helsinki on Friday, November 10. In addition to state protocol, the invited guests will reflect former President Ahtisaari’s decades-long international career.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will honor the memory of former President Ahtisaari with his presence. President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani, President of Namibia Hage Geingob and former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete will also be present.

In addition, former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson will attend Ahtisaari’s funeral. Nearly 800 guests are expected to attend the funeral, including some 30 from abroad.

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Guests have been invited to the state funeral in accordance with state protocol and the wishes of Ahtisaari’s family. The highest state authorities of Finland will honor the memory of former President Ahtisaari with their presence on Friday.

The state funeral of former President Ahtisaari will begin with the funeral service at the Helsinki Cathedral at 13:00. Retired generals and admirals will serve as pallbearers at the Cathedral.

After the service, the funeral cortege will leave the Helsinki Cathedral at approximately 14:45. The cortege will be led by the Mounted Police in a motorcade from Helsinki Cathedral to Hietaniemi Cemetery, stopping for one minute in front of the Presidential Palace.

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The State Funeral of Former President Martti Ahtisaari Takes Place Today: Here’s How to Observe

The public is invited to watch the procession along the following route: Unioninkatu, Aleksanterinkatu (towards Meritullintori, around the Main Guard Building), Pohjoisesplanadi, Unioninkatu (around the Presidential Palace), Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie, Arkadiankatu, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu, Mechelininkatu and through Hietaniemi Cemetery from the gate to the New Chapel along the main promenade.

President Ahtisaari will be buried in Hietaniemi Cemetery in the same area as Presidents Mauno Koivisto, Urho Kekkonen and Risto Ryti. Pallbearers at the Hietaniemi cemetery will be former President Ahtisaari’s son Marko Ahtisaari and Ahtisaari’s former aides.

The funeral will begin at 15:45 and will last half an hour. The funeral will be attended by former President Ahtisaari’s closest relatives and the highest state authorities.

Following the funeral, a memorial service for former President Ahtisaari will be held at the Government Banquet Hall for about 300 invited guests. Prime Minister Petteri Orpo will deliver a eulogy at the ceremony, which will begin at 16:30.

Former President Martti Ahtisaari died on Monday, October 16, in Helsinki. He was 86 years old. Mr. Ahtisaari served as President of the Republic of Finland from 1994 to 2000.

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Source: finlandtoday.fi

11 Comments
  1. EmilySmith92 says

    Will there be streaming available for those who are unable to attend the funeral in person?

    1. JohnDavis78 says

      Yes, the state funeral of former President Ahtisaari will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. The streaming will be available on the official government website and various news channels. It’s a thoughtful way to ensure that people around the world can pay their respects to the former President.

  2. AliceJohnson says

    How many international guests are expected to attend the state funeral of former President Ahtisaari? Will there be any special ceremonies to honor his memory?

    1. Mark Thompson says

      More than 800 invited guests are expected to attend the state funeral of former President Ahtisaari in Helsinki. Special ceremonies to honor his memory will include the presence of distinguished figures such as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani, President of Namibia Hage Geingob, former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

  3. MeganJackson_82 says

    As a long-time admirer of President Ahtisaari’s diplomatic accomplishments, I am deeply saddened by his passing. It’s heartwarming to see so many dignitaries coming together to pay their respects. Rest in peace, Mr. Ahtisaari.

  4. EmilyJohnson86 says

    It’s heartwarming to see so many distinguished guests coming together to pay their respects to former President Ahtisaari. His legacy truly transcends borders and generations.

  5. EmilySmith says

    As a longtime admirer of former President Ahtisaari, I believe his state funeral is a fitting tribute to his remarkable legacy and dedication to international diplomacy. It’s heartwarming to see such a distinguished gathering of guests paying their respects. May his memory continue to inspire peace and cooperation worldwide.

  6. LindaJohnson says

    I believe it’s important to pay respects to former President Ahtisaari and honor his legacy by following the state funeral proceedings. It’s a moment to reflect on his contributions and the impact he had on both Finland and the international community.

  7. SarahSmith1990 says

    Will the state funeral be broadcasted live for those who cannot attend in person?

  8. EmmaJohnson says

    As a long-time admirer of President Ahtisaari’s diplomatic efforts, I am deeply moved by the dignified state funeral arrangements. It’s heartening to see such a respectful tribute to his legacy. May his spirit continue to inspire generations to come.

  9. EmilySmith92 says

    It’s heartwarming to see the international community come together to honor the legacy of former President Ahtisaari. His dedication to diplomacy and peace-building has left a lasting impact on the world. May his memory inspire future leaders to follow in his footsteps.

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