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December 2016

Finland’s Independence Day December 6 

President Sauli Niinistö of Finland’s reception on the Independence Day December 6, 2016                                   ‘Finland’s Strengths in the Spotlight’

Message from U.S Department of State on the occasion of Finland’s Independence Day.

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I warmly congratulate Finland on the 99th anniversary of your independence on December 6.”  Department of State Dec 5, 2016 

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November 2016

Finland and NATO are Fortifying the Partnership

President Sauli Niinistö visit to NATO headquarters on November 9th– was a new step forward to strengthen NATO-Finland relations.  

 Described by Secretary General Stoltenberg the new measures will be the expansion in the fields of:

  • Information exchanges on hybrid warfare,
  • Coordinating exercises,
  • Developing joint situational awareness.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinisto at NATO headquarters

President Sauli Niinistö of the Republic of Finland during  his meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  NATO headquarters, Brussels, November 9, 2016 © NATO

On the importance of Finland in NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg  stated: 

This is of great importance both for Finland and for NATO because we share the same values and we face the same security challenges.  NATO and Finnish troops have worked side by side as I said in many different operations and missions.   And we have been able to develop a very close partnership on a range of different issues including planning for civil emergencies, and security in the Baltic Sea region.                                                                                                                                                                         We are now expanding our cooperation when it comes to information exchanges on hybrid warfare, coordinating exercises, and developing joint situational awareness.  All of this will allow Finland and NATO to address common threats more effectively.”  November 9, 2016 © NATO

  1. Additional: Joint press  point of NATO Secretary General with Presidnet Sauli Niinistö of the Republic of Finland
  2. Finland and the United States advancing Partnership in Crisis Management and Defence

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July 2016

The Leadership of Finland in Europe-1

Finland has provided the Fund for Training Project to promoted open Governance in EU Eastern Partnership Countries

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Finland is promoting open governance in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine by funding a Training Project for Public Servants 2015–2016.  The Development Programme has now been brought to a successful end and it serves as a good example of how different EU countries, in collaboration with each other, can implement a project tailored to the partnership countries’ needs.

The PADOS project (Participatory Democracy, Open Governance & Efficient E-Government Services) was carried out within the framework of Multilateral Cooperation under the EU Eastern Partnership. July 18, 2016 © The MFA of Finland





May 2016

Finland’s vital Leadership in NATO

Finland took part in NATO Ministerial Meetings from 19-20 May in Brussels.

Minister Timo Soini of Foreign Affairs has presented Finland in two sessions of the meeting. One with the focuses on NATO’s Afghanistan and the Resolute Support Mission  in which the Armed-Forces of Finland are holding a vital role.  And the other with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.




May 2016

Finland’s Leadership in the Baltic Sea Region

Kristian Jensen, Børge Brende and Timo Soini 2016Minister  Kristian Jensen for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Minister Børge Brende for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Minister Timo Soini for Foreign Affairs of Finland.  May 3, 2016 © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

MFA of Finalnd Protected by Copy-Right LawThe Nordic countries are working together to ensure stability and welfare in an effort to co-ordinate our development co-operation, promote Free Trade and to participate together in International crisis management and Peacekeeping Missions. The Nordic perspective in all these issues involves a concentrated focus on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.  May 3, 2016 © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland                Continue to read

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May 2016

A Freedom at Stake

MFA of Finalnd Protected by Copy-Right Law Media Freedom is increasingly under threat in the EU, its neighbourhood and around the world. Recent examples include repressive legislation, violence against journalists and the spread of state-controlled propaganda and disinformation. Not only do such measures limit the work and threaten the lives of reporters, they also curtail the participation of citizens in society, undermining the very foundation of democracy. May 3, 2016 ©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland     Continue to read

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April 2016

Human Rights in Finland’s Foreign policy

MFA of Finalnd Protected by Copy-Right Law For promoting Human Rights around the World, Finland has established the network for Human Rights in Foreign Policy.  The network consist of experts who were appointed directly by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. 

In the statesmen by Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

In its upcoming meetings, the network will discuss for example the defence of the International Human Rights system, support for Human Rights Defenders and vulnerable groups, corporate Human Rights responsibility, and questions related to freedom of Religion and Belief.   April 22, 2016  ©Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland   

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