Video shows Russian tourists being greeted with the Ukrainian national anthem while visiting a popular attraction in Finland

The summer show at the Imatrankoski Rapids has started playing the Ukrainian national anthem when it opens each day. ALESSANDRO RAMPAZZO/AFP via Getty Images
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A Finnish tourist attraction has started playing Ukraine's national anthem to protest the war in Ukraine.
The attraction is popular with Russian tourists, Agence-France Presse reported.
Meanwhile, Finland is moving towards a travel ban on Russian tourists in the face of the invasion.
A popular tourist show in Finland has started playing the Ukrainian national anthem to holidaymakers from Russia in protest of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
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The 100-year-old dam on the Imatrankoski Rapids usually opens daily in the summer to songs by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, according to the tourist attraction's website.
However, since July 18, the city of Imatra has opened the 16-minute show with the Ukrainian national anthem instead, its website said.
The rapids show at Imatrankoski is particularly popular with Russian tourists, Agence France-Presse reported.
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A Russian tourist at the rapids told the outlet that changing the song was "very bad for Russians who love Finland," but said he understood why the local government made their choice.
“Not all Russians are for Putin. The government and all people need to understand that," he said, per AFP.
In the nearby town of Lappeenranta, a popular shopping spot for Russian tourists, the Ukrainian national anthem is also played daily from the town hall, AFP reported.
These latest decisions underscore a broader stance in Finland, where citizens are opposed to allowing Russian tourists to spend their money in their country while Moscow wages its war in Ukraine.
Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia and only opened its borders to tourism on July 1 after months of pandemic travel restrictions. In the first three weeks of July alone, the country issued 10,520 tourist visas to Russians, The Guardian reported, citing statistics from the Finnish Foreign Ministry.
The Nordic nation's leaders are now demanding the European Union impose a travel ban on Russians, citing the war in Ukraine. Estonia, which also borders Russia, joined its bid by Finland on Tuesday.
Since Finland and Estonia are part of the Schengen area, where people and goods can move freely between the 22 EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, visas issued by Finland are valid in the 25 other countries in the travel zone.
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Jean Sibelius
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