A Meeting in Turku in 1812
monument was implemented in 2012 in Turku, Finland, commemorating,
once again, in the 21st century, the influence that two powerful
countries – Russia and Sweden - had over their smaller neighboring
country – Finland.
When the Russian Emperor
Alexander the 1st and the Prince Carl Johan of Sweden met in 1812, in
Turku, their objective was to create a treaty of alliance that could
fulfill the interests of both realms, specially in relation to the
war against Napoleon. Finland, was just a place they set to meet and
an object of trade and agreement between themselves.
The monument have 2 royal
chairs, one for the Russian Czar Alexander I and a second one for
Prince Carl Johan of Sweden. Many Turku citizens were against the
implementation of this monument as they understood it resurrected a
well know concept called Finlandization. Therefore perhaps a 3rd
chair is missing in this historical meeting - one that might allow a
Finnish citizen to be part of this conversation.