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Finnish and Estonian governments to hold joint meeting in honour of centenaries

Finland and Estonia will hold an historic inter-governmental meeting on Monday, May 7 in Tallinn to commemorate both countries' 100 years of independence.

File photo of Tallinn, Estonia cityscape. Image: Stanislav Moshkov / Yle

The governments of Finland and Estonia will meet in Tallinn, Estonia next Monday for a special jubilee meeting to honour their 100-year anniversaries of independence. Estonia marked its centenary on February 24 this year, while Finland celebrated on 6 December 2017.

The Finnish government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will meet the Estonian government led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. The Finnish government's website reports that the meeting is historical in that it is the first time that Estonia will hold a government meeting together with another country and it will be the first time the Finnish government is convening outside its own borders.

Finland and Sweden held an inter-governmental meeting in Hämeenlinna in 2009, when Finland celebrated 200 years of Finnish public administration.

The meeting between the Finns and Estonians will address questions of mutual importance to both countries, such as ambitious transport links, digital connections, language and cultural issues, and common EU-related agenda items.

"Personally I see much untapped potential in shared digital services and in the sharing of information," Finland's Prime Minister Sipilä said.

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