We Are Now Accepting Applications for the American Studies Grant 2019!

The U.S. Embassy Finland’s annual scholarship provides a grant to students of Finnish nationality, enrolled at a Finnish university, who are currently working on a Master’s Thesis on a United States related topic. We welcome applications from all fields of study. The grant is intended to help the student to complete his/her Master’s Thesis. Details …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / July-August 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: 100 Years of Diplomatic Relations Seminar

U.S. Embassy Helsinki, in collaboration with SAM (Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto) and Amcham Finland, will host a lecture commemorating 100 years of U.S. – Finnish diplomatic relations, featuring Dr. Edward Rhodes from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. The lecture, Freedom & Federalism vs. Fear – Championing Values and Identities in the …

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Coming Up: Great Decisions 2019

We are now accepting applications for the Great Decisions 2019 discussion group! Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs by the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book, watching the DVD, and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today …

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Professor Edward Rhodes’ Public Presentation: Federalism and U.S. Elections

Welcome to join us for Professor Edward Rhodes’ public presentation “Federalism and U.S. Elections” The event will be held at Helsinki University Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor.) Opening remarks by Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies Scott Buchanan, University of Helsinki. *** Edward Rhodes is a professor of Government and International Affairs at George …

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Runokuu Literary Festival Goes to U.S. Embassy Finland (August 22, 2019)

U.S. Embassy Finland was proud to support the travel of two American poets to this year’s Runokuu literary festival. Renee Gladman is a poet, novelist, essayist, and artist, who has published prose works including the Ravicka series of novels and the crime novel, Morelia; the poetry collection, Calamities; and a monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures. …

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Public Event: AI for Better Business and a Better World

Please join us for a public event “AI for Better Business and a Better World – How to tackle some of the most difficult problems in the world with AI and to create great businesses” at Helsinki University Think Lounge (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki) on Wednesday, August 28, at 12:00-13:30. The speakers include Dr. Catherine Havasi …

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Reception in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the ASLA-Fulbright Exchanges and the Centennial of Finnish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (August 20, 2019)

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto joined Ambassador Robert Pence for a reception honoring American Fulbright grantees on August 20, 2019. The event also marked the 70th anniversary of the ASLA-Fulbright Program and the 100th anniversary of the Finnish-U.S. diplomatic relations. For the academic year 2019-2020, the Fulbright Finland Foundation awards close to 100 grants for Finns …

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Notes from a BFTF Program Participant: “A program of everyone, by everyone, for everyone”

It was a perfectly ordinary winter afternoon when I first heard about the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF for short). Reading the program description, I instantly felt that this was something I wanted to be a part of. Yet, the month I got the opportunity to spend in the US ended up being …

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Björn Savén Finnish American Scholarship Granted (August 13, 2019)

The annual Björn Savén Finnish American Scholarship was granted to Mr. Lassi Tervonen in a ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Ambassador Pence, Mr. Björn Savén, and Kristiina Helenius from the League of Finnish-American Societies congratulated Mr. Tervonen for the 35 000 euro grant for PhD studies in economics at …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / June 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the …

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Screening of “Stonewall Uprising” to Celebrate Pride Week (June 25, 2019)

Please note: due to the huge success of the documentary night on Tuesday, “Stonewall Uprising” will be screened again at the National Museum of Finland (Pride House/Auditorium) on Wednesday, June 26, at 16 – welcome! *** This year is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in New York City, which launched the American and global LGBT+ …

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U.S. Embassy in Helsinki Celebrates the 243rd Independence Day of the United States (June 13, 2019)

U.S. Embassy Helsinki celebrated America’s 243rd Independence Day on Thursday, June 13, with more than 1,000 distinguished guests, including political and business leaders, academicians, artists, and representatives of the media, NGOs, youth, and entrepreneurial organizations. In his remarks, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland Robert Frank Pence highlighted the Centennial of U.S.-Finnish diplomatic …

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Congratulations to the New American Studies Grant Winners! (June 11, 2019)

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor had the pleasure of congratulating the new American Studies Grant winners at the Kaisa Library on June 11, 2019. Heidi Pennanen from the University of Helsinki was awarded for her Master’s Thesis “International Space Law and Space Resource Utilization – United States’ Approach to Freedom of Use.” Salla Uusitalo …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / May 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the …

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2019 Future Leaders Grant Award Ceremony

The U.S. Embassy Helsinki hosted the 15 Finnish Future Leaders program participants and their families at the U.S. Embassy Innovation Center on May 10, 2019. Each of the participants received an award certificate signed by U.S. Ambassador to Finland Robert Pence and officials from the Embassy’s partners on the project – AFS Finland and the …

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“Shared Spaces – Shared Values” Panel Discussion at Think Corner (May 9, 2019)

Professor of Sociology Eric Klinenberg from New York University discussed the future of democratic societies and social infrastructure in a public event arranged at the Helsinki University Think Corner on May 9, 2019. He was joined by three local panelists, Professor of Urban Geography Mari Vaattovaara at the University of Helsinki; Manager of Urban Space …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / April 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland

May 2, 2019 Location: Finland, countrywide Event:  Finnish press have reported a police investigation into a potential threat against the Iso Omena mall in Espoo to take place on Friday, May 3, 2019.  According to media reports the threat was made on the anonymous Tor network regarding a firearms attack.  Finnish authorities are actively investigating …

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Public Event: “Shared Spaces – Shared Values” on May 9

Please join us for a public event “Shared Spaces – Shared Values: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality and Polarization” at Helsinki University Tiedekulma (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki) on Thursday, May 9, at 13-15. Professor of Sociology Eric Klinenberg from New York University discusses the future of democratic societies and social infrastructure. He highlights the …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / March 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate our …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / January-February 2019

To commemorate the anniversary year of the U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations, the U.S. Embassy Finland is taking on a challenge. By the end of 2019, our American diplomats and friends of the Embassy community will try to visit 100 places in Finland. Can we do it? Follow along as we journey through Finland to celebrate the …

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Announcing the 2018 ARC Grant Recipients (February 25, 2019)

The U.S. Embassy Finland is pleased to announce the recipients of the ARC Grant 2018 scholarship which is an annual grant to students of Finnish nationality, enrolled at a Finnish university, who are currently working on a Master’s Thesis on a United States related topic. The selection panel consisted of Counselor for Press and Cultural …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland (December 21, 2018)

Location: Helsinki (Kaivopuisto Area), Finland Event: Local authorities have notified the Embassy of a scheduled demonstration expected to take place in the Kaivopuisto area of Helsinki, Finland, on December 21, beginning at 12:00 p.m.  The demonstration is expected to begin near the Olympic Terminal and proceed toward the U.S. Embassy, located at Itäinen Puistotie. The …

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Teams “Plastic Worms” and “Toys for Dogs” win the 2018 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (December 17, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy’s 6th annual Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (AEC) finals took place in Helsinki December 13 – 14, 2018. The AEC is a nationwide program in which middle and high school students form teams to pitch original entrepreneurial concepts in English. The U.S. Embassy invited 16 teams (46 students and 12 mentors) from around Finland …

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New Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) for Job Seekers at the U.S. Embassy Finland (December 12, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy Finland has migrated to a new Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) for announcing available vacancies at the mission. Interested candidates will also apply for open vacancies through ERA. Our website includes detailed instructions on how to create your ERA account, search for open vacancies, and apply for vacancies. The webpage includes the instructions …

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Speech by Ambassador Robert F. Pence to the Atlantic Council of Finland

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Good morning.  Secretary General Terhi Suominen, Ambassador Jukka Valtasaari.  Members of the Atlantic Council.  Dear guests and friends. I want to thank the Atlantic Council for inviting me here today to share a few observations about the current relationship between the United States and Finland.  I very much admire the work …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland

December 7, 2018 Location: Finland, countrywide Event: During the holiday season we remind U.S. citizens in Finland to remain vigilant due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, including holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland (November 9, 2018)

Location: Helsinki (Kaivopuisto Area), Finland Event: Local authorities have notified the Embassy of a scheduled non-violent demonstration expected to take place in the Kaivopuisto area of Helsinki, Finland, on November 9, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to begin near the Olympic Terminal and proceed toward the U.S. Embassy, located at Itäinen Puistotie. …

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The United States: Theme country at this year’s Helsinki Book Fair (October 25-28, 2018)

The Helsinki Book Fair , one of the biggest annual cultural events in Finland, drew a record 85,600 visitors this year. Ambassador Pence joined program director Ronja Salmi to open the fair, which featured the United States as the theme country for the first time. In his brief remarks, Ambassador Pence emphasized the meaning of literature and libraries …

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Helsinki Book Fair Oct 25-28, 2018

The United States is proud to be the featured theme country at the 2018 Helsinki Book Fair! Three prominent American authors will visit the book fair and the U.S. Embassy exhibit will feature programs that showcase a diverse range of authors and topics. Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International, will appear on the main stage, …

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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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Public Event on the 2018 Congressional Elections (August 30, 2018)

The 2018 Congressional Elections will be held in November. Two honorable U.S. Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA) and Martin Frost (D-TX) discuss the importance of the elections at the Helsinki University Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Thursday, August 30, at 5 pm – welcome! The event is moderated by McDonnell Douglas Professor of American …

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U.S. Embassy in Helsinki Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of American Independence (June 20, 2018)

One June 20, 2018, Ambassador and Mrs. Pence welcomed over 1,000 friends and guests to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of American independence at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. As part of the “Iconic America” theme, the party featured classic American cars, the Statue of Liberty, as well as guest appearances from Darth Vader, Superman, Uncle …

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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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“Athletes Without Limits” Event in Honor of Paralympics and International Women’s Day

A group of Finnish women gathered at the U.S. Embassy for a live stream viewing event on Tuesday, March 6. The members of the group represented a wide range of organizations that focus on supporting persons of disabilities, sports, or both. A few past and present athletes were also present. The event preceded both the …

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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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Announcing the 2017 ARC Grant Recipients! (January 30, 2018)

A record number four American Resource Center (ARC) Grants have been awarded in 2017 due to the exceptionally high quality of applications this year. The selection panel consisted of Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs T.J. Grubisha, U.S. Embassy; Executive Director Terhi Mölsä from the Fulbright Finland Foundation; and Assistant Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor, …

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Significantly Expanded Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge Selects Two Winners (December 1, 2017)

On November 31 and December 1, 2017, the U.S. Embassy organized the Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (AEC) finals in Helsinki. This nationwide program invites middle and high school students to form teams of up to four to pitch, in three-minutes, an original entrepreneurial concept in English. Post received more than 150 applications in early October from which it selected …

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Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Is Back! (November 30, 2017)

Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge 2017 – an entrepreneurial contest for students around Finland – is culminating in national finals this week. On Thursday, November 30, 15 teams arriving from different regions (Rovaniemi, Oulu, Turku, Tampere, Vaasa, Kuopio, Jyväskylä, and the capital area) meet in Helsinki for a day of exciting workshops. On Friday, December 1, teams pitch their ideas to …

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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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REGISTER with U.S. Embassy Helsinki through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) (August 18, 2017)

U.S. citizens residing in Finland are strongly encouraged to register with U.S. Embassy Helsinki through the Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment program . What is STEP? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Benefits of enrolling in STEP: Receive the latest safety …

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U.S. Embassy Youth Alumni and Future Leaders Seminar (July 24, 2017)

On July 24th, Future Leaders summer program grantees from the U.S. and youth alumni from Embassy youth programs gathered at the Embassy’s Innovation Center for an energy and conservation-themed youth seminar. Three guest speakers, Jouni Nissinen, Steven Vanholme, and Karlina Ozolina, generated a lively discussion and interesting questions related to current issues. The youth seminar …

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AEC 2016 Winners’ Reflections on the Challenge

(Helsinki – June 30, 2017) It’s been three weeks of summer holiday and our trip to America is starting to feel more and more real. It’s hard to believe that in less than a week we are actually going to hop on a plane taking us to spend an entire month in the U.S. As …

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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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Aula Home Donates a Gift to Remind of the Importance of Peace Between Nations (June 13, 2017)

U.S. Embassy representative Jeanie Duwan received a gift for President Trump from the Aula home. Andreas Carena crafted the pillowcase in the iconic style of American artist Andy Warhol and wanted to remind people of the importance of peace between nations. The gift was made as a part of the Unelma (“Dream”) project workshop for …

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Congratulations to League of Finnish-American Societies Essay Contest Winners! (May 22, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy Helsinki had the pleasure to host the winners of the League of Finnish-American Societies essay contest on May 22nd, 2017. The contest has been held since 1980, and this year over 250 upper secondary school students from 73 Finnish high schools took part. The participants had 1.5 hours to write an essay …

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Future Leaders Grant Award Ceremony (May 19, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy Helsinki had the pleasure of congratulating the 2017 Future Leaders participants at the U.S. Embassy Innovation Center on May 19, 2017. The U.S. Embassy Helsinki expresses their gratitude to the partners within the Future Leaders program – AFS and the Finnish National Agency for Education. The Future Leaders program takes 15 young …

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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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U.S. Embassy Finland at the American Car Show in Helsinki (April 14-16, 2017)

Welcome to visit the U.S. Embassy Finland booth at the exhibition hall 6 at the American Car Show 2017  at Helsinki Messukeskus on April 14-16, 2017! Tentative program – stay tuned for updates! Friday, April 14 11:00 Live Music! Come and enjoy classic American tunes 13:30-15:00 Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge! Learn more about the U.S. Embassy’s premiere youth entrepreneurism program. Special Guests: …

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Seminar Discusses East-West Relations in the Arctic. Is It Deep Freeze?

U.S. Embassy Finland’s reception kicked off a seminar in Helsinki, under the title: “Deep Freeze? East-West relations in the Arctic.” Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, sent his video greeting to the reception saying that he was “deeply impressed by Finland’s dedication to the Arctic Council.”

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Startups and Global Solutions

Evan Burfield, an American entrepreneur and co-founder of the startup incubator “1776,” visited Helsinki September 1-4, 2015 as a guest speaker of the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Burfield’s visit honored the on-going 375th anniversary of the University of Helsinki, and the 20th anniversary of the cooperative partnership between the American Resource Center and the University Main …

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U.S. Embassy’s Arctic Alumni’s Journey to the North

U.S. Embassy Helsinki joined forces with a dynamic group of our young alumni to travel to the Arctic and get a first-hand understanding of Arctic communities and livelihoods. This was the second half of a program created to familiarize youth with important Arctic issues, with a special focus on the core goals of the Arctic …

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Everybody Can Dance

Alito Alessi, (Executive Director of DanceAbility International) came to Helsinki summer 2015 to conduct a DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course. Dancers, including people with and without disabilities, and professionals working with people with disabilities came from all around Finland and beyond to attend this course and related workshops.

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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 in Helsinki Celebrates the 239th Independence Day of the United States

U.S. Embassy Helsinki celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day on Wednesday, June 17. We welcomed over one thousand distinguished guests to the Wild West-themed party – an expression of the flourishing friendship and strong ties between our nations. In addition, the party commemorated the 25th anniversary of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

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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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Congratulations to 2015 Young Ambassadors!

Congratulations to these youngsters for making it to this year’s Young Ambassadors program. We are certain that an amazing summer is waiting for you in the United States! During the award ceremony, the Young Ambassadors heard from Ambassador Oreck, CIMO Director General Samu Seitsalo, YFU-Finland Director Elina Talonen-Lintunen, and President of Vaisala Inc. Scott Sternberg.

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