“Making Democracies Resilient to Modern Threats” Seminar Explored New Threats to Democracies

On March 14, 2018, Chargé d’Affaires Donna Welton delivered remarks to open the Fulbright Finland seminar “Making Democracies Resilient to Modern Threats” at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. The seminar explored new threats to democracies in the modern era, such as misinformation and influence campaigns, as well as the development of democratic responses ...
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U.S. Embassy Finland Switches to Biofuel (February 28, 2018)

Chargé d’Affaires, Donna Welton, visited Helen to commemorate the U.S. Embassy’s switch to biofuel-derived heating. The embassy started using this renewable energy source, a combination of biogas and wood pellets, on February 1, 2018. The U.S. Embassy is the first embassy in Finland to make this switch, although some public buildings, such as Eduskuntatalo (the ...
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“Relations between Finland and the United States have never been stronger” (November 6-7, 2017)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis congratulated Finland on its 100 years of independence and praised its contributions to democracy and global security during his November 6 – 7 trip to Helsinki. After meeting with President Sauli Niinistö on November 6, Mattis welcomed the “deepening bilateral and NATO defense partnership with Finland” and applauded the ...
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Sharing Goodwill through Hope ry (October 11, 2017)

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Donna Welton donated small appliances, linens, and kitchenware to Hope ry representatives Nora Virtanen and Eeva Jäntti on October 16, 2017. The embassy items, which are typically provided to newly-arrived American diplomats while they wait for their shipments, will find a new home through Hope ry to help local families. Hope ry was ...
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United States Announces Centennial Gift to Finland (August 21, 2017)

On the occasion of Finland’s 100th year of independence, the United States commemorates our close and enduring partnership with Finland and is delighted to present a centennial gift of an additional $500,000 to the Fulbright Finland Foundation. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Donna Welton announced the gift on Monday, August 21 at a U.S. Embassy reception in ...
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Iftar Meal Breaks the Fast During Ramadan (June 20, 2017)

Chargé d’Affaires Donna Welton hosted an Iftar meal – a dinner to break the fast during Ramadan – for guests from Nuorten Muslimien Foorumi, Finnish Islamic Congregation and Nuoret Muslimit (Young Muslims NGO). How American Muslims give back during Ramadan Press Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr
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U.S. Embassy Helsinki Independence Day Celebration (June 15, 2017)

On June 15, Chargé d’Affaires Donna Welton hosted the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. In order to highlight the United States’ vast diversity in natural beauty, cultural and culinary tradition, and innovation, the theme of this year’s celebration was “From Sea to Shining ...
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A Condolence Letter on the Passing of Former President Mauno Koivisto (May 15, 2017)

May 15, 2017 H.E. Mr. Sauli Niinistö President of the Republic of Finland Dear Mr. President, On behalf of the American people and the United States Government, I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of former President Mauno Koivisto.  President Koivisto steadfastly steered Finland through turbulent times and the end of the Soviet Union.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Finland Signs the Memorandum of Understanding for the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (April 11, 2017)

The United States welcomes Finland’s initiative to host the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. On April 11th, Chargé d’ Affaires Donna Welton joined with representatives of other nations to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the United States. Countering the diverse array of threats we face requires seamless cooperation. The ...
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