Today, we have gathered for the Ambassador Seminar in a Finland that is celebrating 100 years of independence. Over the past year, we have drawn attention to the many areas of society and life in which Finland is in international comparison strong. We are not emphasising these areas in order to boast our achievements, but to remind ourselves how much we have to cherish.
The concluding discussion crystallised the themes explored during the couple of days spent at Kultaranta: the challenges and future of Finland, Europe and the entire world. Will Finland’s success story continue into the future? What kinds of challenges will be set by global politics? How will representative democracy fare?
»Nordic heads of state celebrated the centenary of Finland’s independence in Helsinki on Thursday 1 June 2017. President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio were the hosts for the day. The presidential couple welcomed Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson...»
»'The European project was born of war and has sought to ensure peace on our continent, but the aim has been to achieve this without a clear mandate even to broach the matter, let alone act upon it,' said President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö in his opening remarks for the Kultaranta talks on Sunday 11 June, 2017. ...»