President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö attended the opening ceremony of the UN climate change conference in Paris on Monday 30 November 2015 and a Leaders’ Event on the opening day. More than 140 heads of state and government attended the opening ceremony.
President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, will host the Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace on Saturday 6 December 2015. This year's theme is culture. In many ways, this year marks an anniversary of Finnish culture: the 180th anniversary of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Akseli Gallén-Kallela and Pekka Halonen, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tapio Wirkkala, Toivo Kärki and Olavi