Press Releases - Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Small town of Lemi in Finland wins competition for the title of Capital of Metal
Lemi, a municipality with some 3000 inhabitants in rural Southeast Finland, came out as the winner in the month-long Capital of Metal competition for the world capital of heavy metal music. The Capital of Metal title is awarded to the city with the most metal bands per capita. After a tight contest with the Finnish city of Joensuu, Lemi finally won the title with a clear score.
Finland Co-chairs with Jordan the Assessment of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy
One of the most important processes of the United Nations General Assembly this spring is the assessment of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In cooperation with Jordan, Finland co-leads the strategic assessment, which gives a visible role to Finland.
Finland and Mexico to host the meeting of the Global Network on Responsibility to Protect
The Ministries for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Mexico, in cooperation with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), will host the 8th Annual Meeting of the Global Network of responsibility to protect in Helsinki, Finland between 12 and 14 June 2018.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini: African-Nordic cooperation to tackle global issues
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will attend the African-Nordic Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Copenhagen on 6–7 June. In addition to the Nordic countries, the meeting is expected to gather representatives from about twenty African countries.
Finland acts in a changing world: Futures Review of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been published
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Futures Review Finland acts in a changing world has been published on 4 June. The key message of the review is that Finland is not a bystander, but rather an active influencer in international development.
Suomen osallistuminen eräisiin kriisinhallintaoperaatioihin, arktinen huippukokous, Lähi-idän tilanne ja Suomen Nato-kumppanuus esillä TP-UTVA:ssa
Tasavallan presidentti ja valtioneuvoston ulko- ja turvallisuuspoliittinen ministerivaliokunta käsittelivät perjantaina 1. kesäkuuta Suomen osallistumista eräisiin kansainvälisiin kriisinhallintaoperaatioihin.
Chatfiction series from Turku invites young people to consider their relationship with the European Union
What is the “relationship status” between “rules-loving” Finland and the “bureaucratic” EU? This will be put to test in a chatfiction series, planned and carried out by students of Turku University of Applied Sciences. In the series, Finland and other countries land on an island of temptations, where the Finland-EU relationship is tested. The humorous series was created as part of a communications course organised by Turku University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Europe Information.
Virolainen and Lintilä to OECD ministerial meeting in Paris – focus on strengthening multilateral cooperation
The OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) will be held in Paris on 30–31 May 2018. Finland's representatives at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä.
Foreign Minister Soini to Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels
The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) will meet in Brussels on 28 May. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The topics on the agenda will include Iran, Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the ACP-EU Partnership after 2020 (Post-Cotonou), and the situation in Gaza.
Twinning — 20 years of projects supporting good governance
Finland has been sharing its public sector expertise with the EU’s neighbouring regions for 20 years now. The Twinning instrument, a tool for supporting good governance, has provided support, for example, to the eastern European countries which became EU Member States in 2004 and 2007. At the moment, there are ongoing Twinning projects in the Western Balkans, Turkey and the EU’s eastern and southern neighbouring countries.
EU trade ministers to discuss the WTO, free trade agreements and trade relations with the United States
The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council will meet on 22 May in Brussels with EU trade ministers playing a key role. In Brussels, Finland will be represented by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development to Stockholm
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will meet Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde in Stockholm on Thursday 17 May.
Foreign Minister Soini visits The English School to mark the Ministry's 100th anniversary
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In honour of the centenary celebrations, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will end his tour of Finnish schools by attending an event organised at The English School in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, on Monday 21 May.
Capital of Metal campaign sets out to find the world capital of heavy metal music in Finland
The Capital of Metal campaign sets out to determine which Finnish city deserves to be known internationally as the Capital of Metal. It also spotlights Finland’s position at the centre of the global heavy metal community: Finland has more metal bands per capita than any other country.
President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Finland’s participation in crisis management and the situation in the Korean Peninsula
On Friday 4 May, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed issues relating to international crisis management.
Minister Virolainen to visit Israel, Palestinian territory and Jordan
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will visit Israel, the Palestinian territory and Jordan from 5 to 10 May 2018. The aim of the visit is to get an update of the humanitarian situation and to seek ways to promote trade relations and bilateral cooperation.
Development policy focusing on equality to be updated and promoted during the Finnish Presidency of the EU in autumn 2019
Finland should reform its development cooperation and development policy to be able to promote gender equality in developing countries more effectively than before. The Development Policy Committee, a body appointed by the Government, will publish its assessment report Finland's Development Policy in 2018: Moving from myth to reality. Setting an example in strengthening equality for women and girls in developing countries in Parliament on Wednesday 2 May.
A hundred years of foreign policy – Foreign Ministry's public event in Jyväskylä
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs marks its 100th anniversary by presenting its activities in various public events in different parts of the country. A public event will be organised on 27 April in cooperation with the Regional Council of Central Finland, the Jyväskylä UN association, and Jyväskylä JEF-Finland (Young European Federalists Europe).
Syrian conflict and the international dimension of the national main military exercise of 2021 on the agenda at the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy
On Friday 20 April, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Syria.
Soini: Young people's participation in peace processes to be ensured
United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake will visit Finland from 25 to 27 April. On Thursday 26 April, she will attend a visit to Helsinki Senior High School together with Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on Mediation Jutta Urpilainen.
Minister Virolainen to attend meetings of World Bank Group in Washington
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will attend the spring meeting of the World Bank Group and a meeting of the joint Development Committee of the International Monetary Fund IMF and the World Bank in Washington D.C. on 20–21 April.
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