Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware, has become familiar to anyone following the U.S. presidential election.
It is the hometown of future U.S. President Joe Biden and housed his headquarters during the election campaign.
As a senator, Biden represented the second smallest state in the United States, Delaware on the Atlantic coast, from 1973 to 2007.
At a press conference on Sunday morning, President Sauli Niinistö highlighted the special historical connection between Delaware and Finland.
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Before that, Niinistö had given all Finns a viewing experience.
This is a video greeting sent by Biden as the Vice President of the United States on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence.
- It's a heavy text, Niinistö praised.
- It seems to be shared online.
In the video, Biden praises the old Finnish saying “the forest anserws in the same way as you shout at it”, meaning that the forest responds as it shouts.
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Niinistö reminded that a large number of immigrants from Sweden settled in Delaware in the 17th century, among whom there were many Finns.
Finland was then part of the Kingdom of Sweden.
Niinistö had noticed the tweet of former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, in which he had dug the flag of the city of Wilmington.
It is practically a Swedish blue-yellow cross flag with a seal showing a watermill and a four-masted sailing ship.
According to history books, Wilmington was founded by the Swedes on March 28, 1638. The name was originally Fort Kristina.
The flag was born in 1927, but was not officially introduced until Wilmington turned 325 years old.
“There isn’t any copyright on the flags - here is the flag of the city of Wilmington,” were the forewords to Bildt’s tweet, meaning the flags are not copyrighted.
At the press conference, Niinistö stated that in addition to blue-yellow, the flag could well also have a blue-white color.
It was a brain teaser.
At a press conference on Saturday, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö highlighted the special historical connection between Joe Biden's hometown of Delaware and Finland. Photo: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
It is known from history that the first Finns who moved to North America settled on the Delaware River, in New Sweden.
Some left there eagerly, some were sent prisoners from Sweden.
Finns were on board the migrant ship in 1640 and almost not everyone who was willing could fit on the ships.
Soon the number of Finns exceeded the number of Swedes.
Many of the Finns were descendants of so-called forest Finns.
These had moved from Savo and Northern Häme to Swedish salos in the 16th century.
However, when Biden talked about answering the forest in the video, he did not mean forest Finns who also had bad experiences shouting into the forest.
From the 1630s onwards, the situation of forest Finns in the Swedish hinterland became cramped, when the settlement of forests and the burning of birch was banned and soon Finnish was also banned, of course shouting in Finnish as well.
It increased migration.
Already in the 17th century, New Sweden, with about 400 inhabitants, came under the control of the Dutch and then the English, and the Finns merged to become English speakers.
The Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington is the oldest still standing church in the United States.
It was also being built by the Finns.