Panel Discussion: “Välivaaleilla on väliä: Miltä näyttää Trumpin loppukausi?”

A panel discussion “Välivaaleilla on väliä: Miltä näyttää Trumpin loppukausi?” will be held in Finnish on Thursday, November 15, at 10:00-12:00 at the Helsinki University Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor). *** Yleensä presidentin puolue kokee tappion välivaaleissa. Pystyykö Trump rikkomaan myös tämän kaavan, kuten on rikkonut jo lähes kaikki muut politiikan lainalaisuudet? Tämä merkitsisi jatkoa Yhdysvaltain ...
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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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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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Runokuu Goes Kaisa Library (August 24, 2018)

Please join us for Artist’s talk: Judd Morrissey: “Place Taking Place: Poetics of Embodied Mixed Reality” at the Helsinki University Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Friday, August 24 at 16:00 (note the new starting time!) This artist’s talk will navigate the emerging territories and queer liminalities of a practice that integrates language, code, ...
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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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Congratulations to the New ARC Grantees! (May 21, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy Finland hosted the winners of the 2017 American Resource Center (ARC) Grant 2017  at a ceremony in the Embassy’s Innovation Center on May 21, 2018. The U.S. Embassy awarded a record number of four ARC Grants this year due to the exceptionally high quality of applications last fall. Ms. Emilia Lehtonen, a ...
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Apply Now for the 2018 Select USA Investment Summit! (May 15, 2018)

The 2018 SelectUSA Summit Registration is Open ! The SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 20-22 is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. Featuring senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders, each Summit focuses on a timely theme related to the U.S. investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities. As SelectUSA’s signature event, ...
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Public Lecture: The American Presidency and the 2018 Congressional Elections

U.S. Midterm Elections will be held in November 2018. What factors are relevant for thinking about how the election will go? In this presentation, Dr. Peter Miller will discuss the following: an overview of the House and Senate seats that are up for election; the remarkably high rate of retirements in this cycle and the ...
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“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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“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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Public Lecture: “Transforming Education: A Vision for the Future”

***NEW DATE Please join us for a public lecture by Sam Northern at the Kaisa Library Auditorium (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Tuesday, February 27, at 5 pm. “What is on your bucket list? Summiting Mount Everest? Diving the Great Barrier Reef? For most people, these are unlikely adventures. This is no longer the case with ...
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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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November is Native American Heritage Month (November 1, 2017)

The American Resource Center is proud to co-host a 4-part lecture series and a photo exhibition at the Helsinki University Kaisa library in honor of Native American Heritage Month and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Finnish Association for American Indian Cultures. Fulbright Bicentennial Chair Daniel Cobb delivered the first lecture “ImagiNative: Why Visual ...
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Arctic Dialogues with Alaskan Author Tricia Brown (October 21-28, 2017)

Alaskan children’s book and travel author Tricia Brown visited Finland October 21 – 28 as part of a U.S. Embassy program to strengthen grassroots dialogues between the United States and Finland on Arctic issues. During her program she had a chance to meet and interact with Finns of all ages, all walks of life, both ...
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Who Owns the Stories – Presentation by Alaskan Author Tricia Brown (October 24, 2017)

Please join us for a public lecture by Tricia Brown at the Kaisa Library Auditorium (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Tuesday, October 24, at 5 pm.  Traditional stories are the heart of indigenous identity. The right to tell stories that have been passed on for generations is an indigenous cultural right. What happens when other people publish ...
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Travel Night on U.S. National Parks (September 26, 2017)

Please join us for a travel night on U.S. national parks at the Kaisa Library Auditorium (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Tuesday, September 26, at 5 pm. The evening is arranged by the American Resource Center in co-operation with SAM Helsinki. The main language used will be Finnish. Download the flyer (PDF 5 MB, in Finnish)
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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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Public Lecture: When ink is not enough (August 24, 2017)

Public lecture “When ink is not enough” presented by London based Francesca Willow & Texas based Madison Mae Parker exploring collaboration of the arts is part of the Runokuu 2017 Festival. Thursday, August 24, at 16:30-18:00 at the Kaisa Library (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor). Free entrance, welcome! Download the flyer (PDF 289 KB)
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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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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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Clarinet Trio Visiting Helsinki (March 20-25, 2017)

The United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band, Clarinet Trio visited Helsinki on March 20-25. The Clarinet Trio, consisting of Staff Sergeant Lenora Dziergowski, Staff Sergeant David Halperin, and Senior Airman Randolph Palanda, entertained a variety of audiences during their visit. Whether it was immigrants, refugees, school children or veterans, this highly-skilled trio charmed ...
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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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Public Lecture: Ronald Reagan and the ”Evil Empire” on Tuesday, March 28 at 17:00

The American Resource Center has a pleasure to invite you to a public lecture “Ronald Reagan and the ‘Evil Empire’: Democracy Promotion and U.S. Foreign Policy since the 1980s” by Dr. William Michael Schmidli. The event takes place at Kaisa Library Auditorium, Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor. Dr. Schmidli is Associate Professor at Department of History ...
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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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In the Land of the Finndians

The American Resource Center had the pleasure of hosting an evening dedicated to Finndians, the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans, on August 11. A newly published book “Fintiaanien mailla” sheds light on a topic that up until now has been relatively unknown in Finland.
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Happy Birthday, American Resource Center!

The American Resource Center (ARC) celebrated its 70th Anniversary on Thursday, May 19. Thank you to our guest speakers Professor Emeritus Markku Henriksson, International Affairs Journalist Teri Schultz from Brussels, and PhD Candidate Janniina Vlasov from Tampere University! This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of the ARC Grant program.
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Amver: Saving Lives Every Day with Partners from Finland and Around the Globe

U.S-Finland cooperation helps save lives at sea.  Three Finnish vessels from Arctia Offshore and ESL Shipping were recognized for being part of this effort with Amver awards on April 19. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Finland, Ms. Susan Elbow and U.S. Coast Guard Amver director Benjamin Strong made the presentation during the 12th annual ...
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Great Decisions – A Group Bringing Participants Together to Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy

This fall the American Resource Center organized the Great Decisions Seminar for the second year in Finland. Great Decisions is the United States’ largest discussion program on world affairs by the Foreign Policy Association. Participants are provided with materials on the most critical global issues facing America today and have the opportunity to meet weekly ...
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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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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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Bumblefoot Rocked Helsinki

American guitarist, songwriter, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal rocked Helsinki this September. The two-day visit was packed with music workshops, performances, interviews, and intensive jam sessions with some lucky young musicians. In sessions at the Pop & Jazz conservatory, Harju youth center, and Kallio performing arts high school, Ron shared stories, guitar techniques, advice on ...
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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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Winning Author Jussi Valtonen Visited the Kaisa Library

Finlandia literature prize winning author Jussi Valtonen visited the Helsinki University Library on June 4. He was interviewed by Laura Noreila from the League of Finnish-American Friendship Societies. During the 1-hour interview the audience took the opportunity to ask questions, mainly about the plot and characters of Valtonen’s winning book, “He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät”.
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How “Tuntematon sotilas” Became “Unknown Soldiers”

The American Resource Center had the pleasure of hosting a lecture by translator Liesl Yamaguchi at Helsinki University Library on April 28. Liesl’s translation of Väinö Linna’s “Tuntematon sotilas” was published on April 30th. The translation process was long and laborious, requiring countless hours of background research and expert interviews with military representatives both in Finland and the ...
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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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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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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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