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On 26 August, we celebrate the Baltic Sea Day – maritime events in 17 cities and 6 countries

26 August is Baltic Sea Day, launched by the John Nurminen Foundation in celebration of the unique nature and culture of the Baltic Sea. In Finland and in other countries around the coast of the Baltic Sea, maritime events and activities will be organised throughout the day.

The goal of the theme day, celebrated every year on the last Thursday in August, is to highlight important marine themes and encourage people to take concrete action for the Baltic Sea. In addition to being a summertime festival, the celebration seeks to disseminate information on marine nature, culture, and history.

The day’s programme includes e.g. concerts, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, movies, theatre performances, physical activities, and shore clean-up rallies.

The Baltic Sea Day offers a multitude of activities also for children and youth of all ages. Children can, for example, work on arts & crafts fish magnets and ice ships, listen to fairy tales, embark on adventures on a waterway-themed activity course, or enjoy a sea-themed ballet performance.

17 Finnish cities participate in the celebration, with events also organized in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Sweden.

“The programme of the Baltic Sea Day has been created by over 200 organisers, ranging from cities to restaurants to companies and cultural stakeholders. In the middle of the corona pandemic, this is the result of amazing group effort! Our shared goal is, in fact, to implement events and activities that make people’s minds turn towards the Baltic Sea”, explains Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, CEO of the John Nurminen Foundation.

Arrakoski-Engardt also points out that various Baltic Sea activities, implemented alone in full corona safety or with a small group of close friends and family are also in tune with the day’s spirit. ”What is more, the Baltic Sea Day also features many different kinds of virtual events”, says Arrakoski-Engardt.

The Baltic Sea Menu takes over restaurants and home kitchens – over 307 000 fish dishes served

Food is one of the main themes of the Baltic Sea Day. Enjoying sustainably caught domestic fish such as roach, bream, Baltic herring, vendace, or perch, is a great way to help the Baltic Sea do better. With fishing, we can remove a significant amount of eutrophicating nutrients from the waterways – in fact, more than 700 tonnes of phosphorus is removed from the waters each year through fishing in Finland.

On Baltic Sea Day, restaurants invite us to eat the tasty, sustainably caught shoaling fish of the Baltic Sea and other nearby waters, accompanied by fresh in-season vegetables. In addition to restaurants, staff canteens, schools, and care institutions in Finland participate in the Baltic Sea Day by serving a total of over 307 000 Baltic Sea-friendly dishes.

Those with culinary aspirations can also create their own Baltic Sea Menus, using the tips on the Baltic Sea Day web pages, and the recipe booklet compiled by another Baltic Sea Day participant, i.e. the Finnish Marthas.

The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on Thursday, 26 August 2021. Events will be organized in line with coronavirus restrictions.
You can browse events and activities on the Baltic Sea Day website balticseaday.fi

More information:

Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, Ph.D.
CEO, John Nurminen Foundation
+358 (0)400 477 878
annamari.arrakoski-engardt (at) jnfoundation.fi

Oona Piiroinen
Communications Specialist, John Nurminen Foundation
tel. +358 (0)50 434 4879
oona.piiroinen (at) jnfoundation.fi

Kirsi Kurki-Miettinen
Communications Specialist, John Nurminen Foundation
tel. +358 (0)50 463 9305
kirsi.kurki-miettinen (at) jnfoundation.fi

Baltic Sea Day 26 August 2021
The Baltic Sea Day, launched and coordinated by the John Nurminen Foundation, is celebrated every year on the last Thursday in August with various rallies and events. The goal of the theme day is to highlight important marine themes, and encourage people to take concrete action for the Baltic Sea. The Day celebrates the versatility and immeasurable value of the Sea. Moreover, the celebration seeks to disseminate information on marine nature, culture, and history. 
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John Nurminen Foundation – Baltic Sea protection and marine culture
Founded in 1992, the purpose of the John Nurminen Foundation is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. The Foundation has been awarded for its work as a communicator of information and producer of marine content. The goal of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects is to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea with tangible measures that will reduce the load and environmental risks directed towards the sea. The work is steered by measurable results and impact.