Arctic issues on agenda at Finland-Demark meeting

Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, his wife Jenni Haukio and Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon on a recent visit to Norway. (Yle)  Nordic cooperation, cleantech and Arctic issues are in the spotlight as Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö begins a state visit to Denmark.

Niinistö begins the two-day visit on Thursday, accompanied by his wife Jenni Haukio, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and a business delegation.

They are to be welcomed at Copenhagen Airport by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik before proceeding to the eighteenth-century Fredensborg Castle on the island of Zealand.

Thursday’s agenda also includes a high-level meeting of Danish and Finnish industrial leaders and a banquet at Fredensborg. On Friday, Niinistö meets with Speaker of Parliament Mogens Lykketoft and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

From Denmark, Niinistö and Haukio will fly straight to China for a four-day official visit beginning Saturday.

PM to meet Medvedev

On Friday, Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Environment Minister Ville Niinistö head for St Petersburg, Russia for a conference of heads of government of the Baltic Sea States on Environmental Protection, also known as the Baltic Sea Summit.

This is a follow-up to the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki in 2010. Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen will also address the conference, which is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. He will also hold one-on-one talks with Katainen.

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