On the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister of Finland, the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum remind that the two countries have a long history of cooperation of more than 200 years, based on common cultural values.

Many Philhellenes from Sweden and Finland served in the Greek army during the Greek Revolution.

The most important of these was Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg. He participated in many battles as a key member of the Greek cavalry, an aid de camp of Fabvier and in the end he took over the command of Palamidi in Nafplio. He was honored with recognitions and medals from Greece and received a pension for his contribution.

His full biography can be found here.


During such a difficult time for international peace, the two countries reaffirm their solidarity and commitment to the principles of the European Union.


Portrait of the Finnish – Swedish Philhellene Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg (SHP collection, Philhellenism Museum)


Medal of the Finnish – Swedish Philhellene Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg (SHP, Philhellenism Museum)

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum honor the great American Philhellene Julia Ward Howe, Julia Ward (1819-1910).

Famous pacifist, feminist, abolitionist, human rights activist, and poet. She wrote the poem Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Wife of the American Philhellene Samuel Gridley Howe.

She supported the struggle of the Greeks during the revolution in Crete (1866-1869) with the establishment of the “Greek Relief Committee” in Boston, raising money, food and clothes. She even dedicated a poem to Greece. To support the Cretan revolutionaries, she organized an important event in Boston with the participation of prominent musicians. Only from this event, she raised 2,000 thalers, and sent them to Greece.

Later Julia Ward came with her family to Greece and helped the Cretan refugees with money and clothes. (S99)