The Queen with President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio. Photo: The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
On Monday 15 October, The Queen visited the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Helsinki.
The Queen was received by Gunvor Kronman, CEO of Hanasaari, and Chairman Kimmo Sasi. The Queen gave an opening speech at the seminar, after which Finland's President Sauli Niinistö gave an address. The Swedish Children's Ombudsman Fredrik Malmberg and the Finnish Children's Ombudsman Maria Kaisa Aula held a discussion on stage on the challenges faced by child-friendly nations. Afterwards, paediatrician and author Lars H. Gustafsson spoke on the subject of "Health, self-respect and dignity — children's rights from a Nordic perspective". Finland's Minority Ombudsman Eva Biaudet then reported on efforts to combat child trafficking in the Nordic region. The seminar concluded with a panel discussion on the subject "How can we make our countries better for children?" The discussion involved Chair of the Finnish Youth Cooperation Alliance Hanna-Mari Manninen, Chair of the Union of Youth Councils in Finland Senni Raunio, Development Manager at the Centre for Specialist Child Protection Knowledge Christine Välivaara and panellist and lecturer Maria Moraes from Unga KRIS. After the seminar, President Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio hosted a dinner for The Queen at their official residence, Mäntyniemi, in Helsinki.