The Importance of U.S. Midterm Elections Explained by Honorable Congressmen Davis and Frost (August 27-30, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy hosted retired Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA, 1994-2008) and Martin Frost (D-VA, 1979-2005) August 27-30 for a series of programs on U.S. elections in Helsinki and Turku. In addition to public events at the University of Helsinki and the John Morton Center in Turku, Mr. Davis and Mr. Frost spoke with young political ...
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President Trump and the First Lady’s Visit to Helsinki (July 15-16, 2018)

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Helsinki on July 15-16, 2018. They met with President Sauli Niinistö and Jenni Haukio of Finland at the Mäntyniemi Residence. President Trump met with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation at the Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018. At the same time, Secretary of ...
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Ambassador Pence Presented his Credentials to President Sauli Niinistö on May 24

Ambassador Pence presented his credentials to President Sauli Niinistö on May 24, 2018. “We have a very strong bilateral relationship with Finland. It’s as good as any we have in the world, and I intend to do everything we can to strengthen it, preserve it, enhance it as we move forward,” Ambassador Pence said Monday, ...
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Winner of the 2016 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge: Team Moo Free

U.S. Embassy Finland is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge – Team Moo Free (in Finnish: Ei Muuta)! These two young ladies, Ella Martikainen (15) and Kukka Walden (15), who recently became vegans, noticed to their annoyance that there are no vegan ice cream substitute products here in Finland that ...
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Reception in Honor of the 2016-2017 American Fulbright Grantees

Ambassador Charles C. Adams hosted a reception in honor of the 2016-2017 American Fulbright Grantees at the U.S. Embassy Finland on August 23, 2016. The keynote speaker was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Culture Anita Lehikoinen. Altogether there will be over 40 American students, researchers, teachers, and experts in Finland in 2016-2017.
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Ambassador Adams Meets War Veterans in Kauniala

Ambassador Charles Adams and his wife Vera visited Kauniala Veterans’ Hospital in Kaunianen. Kauniala, founded in 1946, is well known Finland-wide for its veteran’s hospital status. The Ambassador was truly touched by the discussions he had with the veterans. He also conveyed the United States’ respect for the veterans in the Winter War and the ...
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Ambassador Adams Visits the National Library of Finland

Ambassador Charles C. Adams and Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Elbow visited the National Library of Finland on November 27, 2015. Library Director Kai Ekholm gave them a tour in the library, and the visitors also had a privileged opportunity to take an early peek at the oldest parts of the library building, the Cupola ...
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Team AMVibrate Wins Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge 2015

Hats off to Team AMVibrate who won the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge 2015 with their groundbreaking hearing device! This fantastic team from Schildt High School in Jyväskylä left the AEC Grand Final with some seed money for their business and boarding passes to the United States to study entrepreneurship there. The runner-ups in the final was ...
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Visit to Lappeenranta by Ambassador Adams

Ambassador Adams visited the city of Lappeenranta in South Karelia on September 16, 2015. He met with city officials as well as local business people and university leaders. Ambassador visited the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and toured the Green campus, as well as visited the Valio Lappeenranta Terminal.
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Ambassador Adams Visits Turku

Ambassador Charles C. Adams’ first regional trip outside the Helsinki region since he arrived in Finland in August 2015 was to Turku. On September 9 the Ambassador visited the University of Turku, which is  the second largest university in the country as measured by student enrollment, and the John Morton Center for North American Studies, ...
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U.S. Embassy Helsinki Celebrates the Pride Month

U.S. Embassy Helsinki was proud to host the State Department’s first ever Special Envoy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed (LGBTI) Human Rights, Randy Berry, during Helsinki Pride, June 27-28. While in Helsinki, the Special Envoy met with LGBTI activists from Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia, and took part in Helsinki’s Pride Parade ...
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U.S. Embassy Finland and the University of Helsinki Sign the ARC Agreement Renewal

On Monday, June 8, U.S. Ambassador Bruce J. Oreck and Helsinki University Rector Jukka Kola signed the American Resource Center Cooperative Agreement. The agreement – originally established in 1993 – ensures continued, close cooperation for an additional five years. This renewal marks the 20 years of cooperation.
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Arctic Conference Gathers Youth Alumni at the U.S. Embassy

‘Empowering Youth Alumni to Act for the Arctic’ conference, organized by the Embassy Helsinki, gathered these future decision-makers to learn about the Arctic opportunities and challenges. The group heard from Ambassador Oreck, U.S. Special Arctic Representative Admiral Papp, and Finnish Foreign Ministry’s Arctic Official, Counsellor René Söderman.
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Kiitos ja näkemiin!

Guests gathered at the Ambassador’s residence to say thank you and farewell to U.S. Ambassador Bruce J. Oreck on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ambassador is the longest serving U.S. Ambassador to Finland, having been sworn-in August 2009. He presided over the construction of our new Chancery and repurposed the former office building into the energy ...
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Ambassador Oreck Visits the Schildt Upper Secondary School (Home to the Winners of the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge!)

U.S. Ambassador Bruce J. Oreck visited the Schildt Upper Secondary school in Jyväskylä on March 5, 2015. He discussed entrepreneurship and future global challenges with the students. The visit was a follow-up to the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (AEC), which brought students from all over Finland to Helsinki to pitch their business ideas.
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Pitch like a Polar Bear!

Ambassador Oreck had the freezing pleasure of opening the Polar Bear Pitch Fest in Oulu on February 25, 2015.  Start-ups get to pitch as long as they can in the icy water while being filmed and broadcast all over the world.  More information, including a video of the brave contestants and the Ambassador’s remarks, is ...
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Ambassador Oreck Opens Discover America Pavilion at Travel Fair

Ambassador Bruce Oreck on January 15 opened the Discover America Pavilion at Nordic Travel Fair 2015. After the ribbon-cutting the Ambassador greeted the exhibitors at the pavilion. The annual travel fair gathers together industry professionals and travel aficionados at Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki. This year the fair is themed “Where the Whole World Meets.”
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Team Nuoriosaa.fi Wins the 2014 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

Team Nuoriosaa.fi is the winner of 2014 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. The team seeks to address unemployment among youth aged 15-24 in Finland. The final of this year’s AEC took place on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Team Nuoriosaa.fi comes from Cygnaeus-lukio in Jyväskylä. More images available through the U.S. Embassy Finland Flickr album . More information about the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge .
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