On Thursday 27 November, The Crown Princess took part in Hanasaari's Future Forum 2014 at the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre near Helsinki, Finland.
CEO of Hanasaari Gunvor Kronman and Chairman Kimmo Sasi welcomed The Crown Princess to Hanasaari.
The Crown Princess opened the Future Forum by saying "I am always pleased to be invited to Finland. I have such strong feelings for Finland. There is a strong sense of solidarity between our two countries and our people, resulting from a long historic fellowship and close cooperation at every level, ever since the time of the Hanseatic League."
Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb then gave an opening speech about how Sweden and Finland are meeting the future together.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Josef Ackermann, former CEO of Deutsche Bank. Dr Ackermann spoke on the subject 'Is the Nordic region losing its competitiveness? Some good advice.'
Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of the Board of Investor, spoke about the types of industry needed in the Nordic region.
The first part of the seminar concluded with Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, speaking about how Sweden and Finland can strengthen their competitiveness, and Björn Wahlroos, Chairman of the Board of Sampo, UPM-Kymmene and Nordea, speaking about making the transition from idea to success.
During the break, The Crown Princess met participants from Tandem Leadership, a bilateral leadership programme for young leaders from Finland and Sweden within industry, politics and academia. The aim of the programme is to increase participants' knowledge about the two countries' opportunities and future challenges, and to create and strengthen networks between the countries' future leaders.
The second part of the seminar began with a panel discussion on doing business with the future, followed by a panel discussion on the next steps.
The seminar concluded with Pär Nuder, Chairman of the Third AP Fund, speaking about the Nordic region as a business opportunity.
Hanasaari is a cultural centre for Sweden and Finland that works to develop contacts and cooperation between the two countries within all sections of society.
The centre was opened on 1 June 1975 by King Carl XVI Gustaf and President Urho Kekkonen. The building was designed by architect Veikko Malmio, and the original interior was designed by Professor Yrjö Sotamaa.
Hanasaari is an independent organisation, and is administered by the Cultural Fund for Sweden and Finland.
Find out more about Hanasaari here.