Thursday. 07.12.2023

Friday 20 November is Universal Children’s Day. For the first time this year, it has been a designated flag day.

Finnish government says that flying the flag "is a distinguished way to honour the rights of the child, highlighting the reason for the celebration and drawing attention to the fact that Finland is one of the best countries in the world for children."

"At the same time, the flag is a promise that we will all work together to ensure an even better childhood in the future," the government said.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in New York on 20 November 1989. The day has become established as Universal Children’s Day, which is celebrated in a variety of ways around the world.

Celebrated since 2002

In Finland, Universal Children’s Day has been on the calendar since 2002. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights convention in the world. In Finland, a National Child Strategy is currently being drawn up to further strengthen its implementation.

The strategy is based on fundamental and human rights treaties and will be completed in 2020. Its vision will be a genuinely child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child. 

Flags fly for children’s rights on 20 November