President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Mrs. Jenni Haukio visited Austria from 4 to 5 February at the invitation of Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria. The reception ceremonies and official discussions between the presidents were be held on Friday 5 February in Vienna. Topics of discussion included the current situation with respect to asylum seekers in Europe, security policy, Russia and the crisis in Ukraine.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö opened the new session of Parliament in Finlandia Hall on Wednesday 3 February 2016. In his speech to Parliament, the President focused on the migration directed towards Finland and Europe. The President stated that this presented a challenge to western ideas.