Johan Ludvig Runeberg Statue


Finland's national poet and composer of the Finnish national anthem, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, is commemorated by a statue in the city's central Esplanadin Puisto. It was unveiled in 1885. Interestingly, Runeberg's name does not appear on the memorial as it was considered self-evident when it was installed.

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1. Esplanadin Puisto

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3. Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo

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4. Senaatintori


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5. Ateneum

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6. Kauppatori

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7. Tuomiokirkko

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8. Museum of Finnish Architecture

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