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Online shoppers rush to snap up historic €8 "Nato pen"

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) borrowed a journalist's pen to sign Finland's historic Nato application letter on Tuesday evening, and the same pen is now out of stock.

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) signed the Nato application letter on Tuesday evening. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The brand of pen used by Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) to sign Finland's historic Nato application letter on Tuesday evening has since sold out from Stockmann's online store.

Writing a column (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in the tabloid newspaper Iltalehti, journalist Jari Hanska recalls how he loaned his own pen to Haavisto before the signing of the letter at the Government Palace in downtown Helsinki.

Hanska's gold-coloured "Nato pen" cost eight euros from Stockmann, and he said he offered it to Haavisto so that the foreign minister would have a "stylish" pen with which to sign the historic document.

Screenshot of the pen from Stockmann's online store. Image: Kuvakaappaus Stockmann verkkokaupasta

Since the publication of Hanska's column, the same brand and style of pen has been snapped up from Stockmann's online store (siirryt toiseen palveluun) and is currently out of stock.

Historic letter

The letter signed by Haavisto on Tuesday evening was addressed to Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and requested that Finland begin accession talks to join the alliance.

The full text of the letter is below:

"Your excellency,

the President of the Republic of Finland has decided to confirm to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Finland's interest to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty and in engaging in the accession talks with NATO. The Parliament of Finland was heard in the process.

I have therefore the honor to convey this interest to you on behalf of the Government of Finland.

I would also like to confirm that Finland's decision to apply for NATO membership enjoys wide parliamentary and public support."

Finland's Nato application letter. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

Finland's ambassador to Nato Klaus Korhonen will deliver the letter to Nato headquarters in Brussels alongside his Swedish counterpart — who is delivering Sweden's application letter — on Wednesday morning.

Once the letters have been received, Nato member states will decide whether to invite the two Nordic nations for accession talks.

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