Together with cities all over Europe, the City of Turku participates in a minute of silence for the victims of the corona pandemic, which started one year ago. The joint commemoration takes place on Wednesday, 24 March, at 12:00 CET (13:00 Finnish time).

The minute of silence is an initiative of the city network Eurocities and Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence, the twin city of Turku. The City of Turku is part of the Eurocities network of 190 cities in 39 countries, representing 130 million people.

“We have now been fighting against the pandemic for over a year, and perseverance and consistency are still required from us all. The initiative made by the Eurocities network shows that the European cities support each other and the cities’ inhabitants. I ask that all the City of Turku’s employees as well as the city residents take part in the minute of silence on Wednesday if they are able. Let us honor the victims of the pandemic together”, says Mayor of Turku Minna Arve.

 “Europe needs a joint moment of reflection,” says Dario Nardella, President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence. “Let us pause for a minute to mourn the dead, to honour those suffering from the consequences of the pandemic, and to reflect on our own situation – to take a breath in the hectic everyday struggle we all experience.”

As events are not possible at the moment, everyone should observe this minute of silence for themselves. To support a shared experience, Eurocities offers a video live stream with Dario Nardella:

“I invite everyone to join and to be silent together for a moment, to commemorate, and to find new strength together.”


The minute of silence will take place on
Wednesday, 24 March, 12:00 CET

The video livestream can be accessed via this link: