Finnish president Niinistö on state visit to Estonia

5/17/2016 1:50 PM
Category: News

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife, Jenni Haukio, are on a state visit to Estonia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Niinistö will meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE), and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform), spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

The meetings will discuss bilateral cooperation between Estonia and Finland as well as matters related to security and current issues of the European Union.

The two heads of state will attend a forum on the future of the economy, the FinEst Future Forum, at the Mektory center for innovation and business of the Tallinn University of Technology.

On Tuesday the president of Finland will also lay a wreath at the Freedom Column as well as the monument to the Estonians who fought alongside Finland in World War II at the Forest Cemetery.

In the evening, President Ilves and his wife, Ieva Ilves, will host a dinner in the White Hall of the Estonian National Opera.

On Wednesday, the presidents will appear before students of Viljandi Gymnasium for a questions and answers session. The Finnish president will then visit Ärma, the country home of his Estonian counterpart, and meet with the surviving Estonians at the Finnish embassy in Tallinn who fought alongside the Finns in World War II.

The program of Jenni Haukio and Ieva Ilves includes visits to the KUMU art museum, the Finnish School of Tallinn, the Coastal People's Museum in Viimsi just outside Tallinn, and the Estonian Open Air Museum. The first ladies will also visit the Institute of the Estonian Language, the Estonian Design Center and the Estonian Traditional Music Center in Viljandi.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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