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Urpilainen heads to World Economic Forum

Finland’s Minister of Finance, Jutta Urpilainen, is taking part in the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Social Democratic minister joins the Forum on Friday.

Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen.
Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen. Image: Yle

Over two days, 50 world leaders and members of the business elite will discuss economic issues at Davos. Among attending leaders are Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's David Cameron.

Finland’s Minister of Finance has been invited to an unofficial meeting with economic leaders on Friday. The meeting is to delve into global political issues as well as considering ways to boost economic growth and employment.

Urpilainen will also take part in several other events and hold individual meetings.

A total of 2,700 participants are attending the Davos forum. As well as state leaders, CEOs, NGO representatives, academics, and media professionals are joining the event.

President Sauli Niinistö and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb are also taking part in the annual Forum.

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