Journalism and Free Press Supporting Finnish Democracy
The total issue of the special euro coin is 800,000 coins, of which 5,000 in proof quality.
The pictorial subject is presented in a modern, dynamically abstract style. The averse features stylized male and female figures and the information networks surrounding them like a ribbon on symbolise the open exchange of information in Finnish journalism. The special euro coin was designed by Mr. Hannu Jasoni Veijalainen, design artist.
The theme of the 2 euro commemorative coin also celebrates the centennial of the Union of Journalists in Finland. The main task of the Union is to defend journalism and its ethical rules, and to promote freedom of expression. During its jubilee year, the Union highlights the importance of open exchange of information, diversity and freedom of speech. In a democratic society, it is vitally important: Freedom of expression entails the right to express, disseminate and receive opinions without prior prevention by anyone.