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Presidential family transfers to summer residence in Naantali

President Sauli Niinistö will host several high-profile guests at Kultaranta this year.  

The flag over Kultaranta in 2018. Image: Jani Saikko / Yle

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, his wife Jenni Haukio, and their young son Aaro move from their Helsinki residence of Mäntyniemi to the official summer residence of the president in Naantali on 8 June.

The southwest town that hosts the residence will arrange an official welcoming ceremony for the presidential family in its marina on Saturday at 6:30pm. The brief annual event is open to the public.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle will broadcast the ceremony live on its Yle Areena streaming service starting at 6:25pm.

A busy summer in store

The President will work from the Naantali residence through the summer months. His work agenda includes the seventh-annual Kultaranta Talks event in mid-June. The topic of this year's security summit will be “The world at a turning point – where will Europe go, how will Finland cope?”

On 16 June, Niinistö will be joined by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier to give the event's opening remarks, and the public discussions of this year's theme will continue into the next day.

Finland will also take over the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1. The country holding the presidency is responsible for advancing the Council's work on EU legislation and policy initiatives and ensuring the continuity of the EU agenda. It also represents the Council in relations with the other EU institutions, such as the Commission and the European Parliament.

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