On 22 March 2021, the City of Jyväskylä celebrates its 184th birthday. The traditional events of the Jyväskylä Days will be held this year largely remotely due the coronavirus situation.

Jyväskylä was originally founded by an estate owner, Major Carl Christian Rosenbröijer. The City of Jyväskylä was officially established on March 22, 1837. Since 1979, March 22 has been celebrated as the city's birthday.

The City of Jyväskylä’s anniversary celebrations include:

The winner of the Jyväskylä Medal will be announced. Since 1966 Jyväskylä City Board has awarded Jyväskylä-medal to recognize meritorious work for Jyväskylä. This year's Jyväskylä medal was deservedly awarded to the corona tracking team. The official handover of the medal will take place later. 

An online guided tour of the City Hall of Jyväskylä was published. The online tour offers a possibility to meet the history and present of the city hall. During the tour you will get to know how the city hall’s history, art and meeting rooms of the council and city board. English version to be published in April. 

City of Jyväskylä’s traditional reception for all 5th graders of Jyväskylä school is organized on Thursday 25 March as a remote event. In total, approximately 3,400 students will gather around the remote broadcast from their own classrooms. 

Jyväskylä will also reward its athletes that have been succesful during 2020. The athletes to be awarded will be published during the festive week. Athletes will receive their awards by mail.

During the Jyväskylä Days, the city also arranges cake and coffee for housing services and short-term care for older people.

Jyväskylä's birthday fanfare "Bells" performed by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia will also be announced during the festival week.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia: "Bells", Jyväskylä's birthday fanfare 
Video Jiri Halttunen
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More information 

- Communications Director Emmi Palokangas, tel. 014 266 3025
- Programme and events of the festive week, Cultural Producer Päivi Kaski, tel. 040 738 3450
- Reception for 5th graders, Maikki Heinonen-Varis, tel. 050 591 0304

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