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The march was made for the first military unit of independent Finland – a Jäger Battalion, trained in Germany, and was first performed on November 28, 1917.
The original beginning of the third verse: “Estonia, Olonets, the beautiful lands of Karelia, it is one huge Finnish reign” was modified due to the changed foreign policy situation to the form: “Häme, Karelia, coasts and lands of White Sea, it is one huge Finnish reign”.
Deep is our blow, our wrath invincible,
When lowered with despair were heads of the other citizens, the country,
Häme, Karelia, shores and lands of Viena,