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President: Finland in good standing globally

Finland’s track record is known and remembered throughout the world, said President Sauli Niinistö as he prepared to host the traditional Independence Day Reception for the first time.

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö ja Jenni Haukio.
President Sauli Niinistö and his wife, Jenni Haukio, awaiting guests at the Independence Day Reception. Image: Yle

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said that Finland’s reputation has not suffered during the eurozone crisis. Nor does he believe that Finland’s failure to secure a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council has affected the country’s standing.

“We have the status that we deserve, and it’s extremely good. Our track record is well known,” Niinistö said ahead of the Independence Day gala at the presidential palace.

The theme of this year’s function is “Finnish deeds and work.” Special attention has been paid to the guest list to recognise nationals who have represented Finland and contributed to national development by their work and their actions.

Niinistö said that he placed a high premium on Finnish determination and sense of responsibility.

“I’m afraid there isn’t time to list them all,” Niinistö responded when asked to identify the year’s most exciting act.

Guests attending the reception work in more than 50 different professions. They will be joined by many representatives from small and large enterprises.

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