State Visit from Finland 17-18 April 2012

The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö will make a State Visit to Sweden at the invitation of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. The President's wife, Jenni Haukio, will also take part in the State Visit.
Sauli Niinistö took office as Finland's twelfth president on 1 March this year. Traditionally, the first State Visit is paid to Sweden. The last State Visit from Finland took place in May 2000 when former President Tarja Halonen took office.

The aim of the State Visit is to deepen and intensify the already excellent relations between the two neighbouring countries. Sweden and Finland enjoy very close and broad cooperation in all areas of society, and are also close in the EU and on Nordic issues.

Sweden and Finland also take a very active part in cooperation in our region, including in the Advisory Council for Baltic Sea Cooperation, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and the Arctic Council.

The programme includes meetings with the Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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Media representatives need special accreditation from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to cover the State Visit. The last day to apply for accreditation is 4 April.

Read more about accreditation and the media arrangements on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs websiteexternal link, opens in new window.