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Home NATIONALGovt Palace opens to public on Sept 12
Wed, 03 Sep, 2014 02:08:01 AM
FTimes Report, Sept 12
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The Prime Minister’s Office will participate in the Open-House-Helsinki event this year by remaining open for the public from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on September 12.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb will be present during the open-doors event, said an official press release.
On a guided visit, the public will have the opportunity to view the Government Palace’s most important areas: the main staircase, which is almost in its original form, and the Government Session Hall. 
In addition, it will be possible to take a peek into the Prime Minister’s Study and the Presidential Reception Room. 
The Government Palace, designed by architect Carl Ludwig Engel, is located in the Senate Square in Helsinki.
The Imperial Finnish Senate moved into the building in 1822. Finland declared its independence on December 6, 1917, and the Senate’s name was changed to the Government of Finland in 1918. 
The palace acquired its present appearance between 1916 and 1917.
The Government Palace houses the Prime Minister’s Office, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and most departments of the Ministry of Finance.
Entry to the open-doors event will close at 3.45 pm. Visitors will have to go through a security check. 
Visitors will not be allowed to take child carriages and large bags inside, the press release added.
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