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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