Finnish Your Dinner / Illallinen Suomen taivaan alla / on August 8th 2019
Due to Finnish expats, Finnish Your Dinner / Illallinen Suomen taivaan alla has spread all around the world. On 8th of August 2019 anyone anywhere can join in by organizing their own dinner in a public space or in their own home.
Set a dinner table, lay out a white tablecloth and serve your favorite dishes. Make your own guest list and pin your dinner party on the map on our webpage. Inform your guests of what you will be serving and let them know what you would like them to bring along. Invite anyone you like – friends, acquaintances, neighbours, strangers. Our reservation system will let you know who will be attending and ensures safety and security.
Register your own dinner party
…or Sign up for a dinner
Here you will find dinner parties around the globe. Browse the map and sign up for whichever one you fancy joining. The yellow lantern tell’s you which dinners are open for all.
Learn more about the Finnish Your Dinner events by following us on Facebook and checking out our webpage regularly.
The story behind the Dinner
Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky was first organised on 12th June, 2013 in Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki as a part of the city’s birthday, Helsinki Day. The street was closed from traffic and a table for a thousand people was set. People set their own dinners on these tables and enjoyed each others company and laughter long into the night. The free event had 700 places, which were booked in two minutes.
The following step to the Esplanadi dinner was the Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky Everywhere, where everyone could organise their own dinner anywhere they wanted; in front of their house, in the local park or on the pavement.
Today we celebrate the Dinner Under the Finnish Sky / Illallinen Suomen taivaan alla / Finnish your dinner all over the world.
The events are organized by Yhteismaa ry. Helsinki City Public Works Department is also involved in making the events possible.