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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The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global ...
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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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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr (June 14, 2018)

Press Statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend my best wishes to our Muslim friends and partners celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us in the United States ...
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The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. This report covers the period between January 1 and December 31, ...
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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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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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“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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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018)

Press Statement Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue ...
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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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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

Issued on: February 28, 2018 Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women. Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in ...
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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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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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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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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria (January 24, 2018)

Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Paris, France January 23, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Again, I want to thank Foreign Minister Le Drian for hosting today’s signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. This meeting was about two things: stopping chemical weapons attacks and denying impunity to those who use or enable the use ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Finland’s National Day (December 6, 2017)

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish all the best for the people of Finland as you celebrate the 100th anniversary of your independence. The United States and Finland share a deep bond rooted in a mutual commitment to democratic institutions, regional security, and human rights. Finland is a ...
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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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“The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances”

Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, and Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. The Wilson Center, Washington, DC, November 28, 2017 MS HARMAN: Good morning. I’m Jane Harman, president and CEO of the Wilson Center. Happy to be talking to a packed crowd and to welcome Secretary Rex Tillerson back ...
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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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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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President Trump and President Niinistö Meet in Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2017)

President Donald Trump, in a joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, underscores that the U.S.-Finnish partnership is rooted in our shared interest and common values, to include cybersecurity and the fight against terrorism. In recognition of Finland’s centennial, President Trump also announced an additional half million dollars in support for the Fulbright-Finland ...
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Mattis, Finnish Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon Ahead of Counter-ISIS Talks

DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto today at the Pentagon to discuss a range of security issues, including Russian aggression, NATO and the bilateral security cooperation relationship between the two countries, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff ...
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Centennial ARC Grant Winners Have Been Announced

The ARC Grant jury, consisting of Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs T.J. Grubisha, U.S. Embassy; Executive Director Terhi Mölsä from the Fulbright Center; and Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jeanie Duwan, U.S. Embassy, unanimously decided to choose two  winners of the ARC Grant 2016. To celebrate Finland’s 100th birthday, two ARC Grant recipients were selected ...
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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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The United States and Finland Sign Statement of Intent

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work held a series of meetings today in Helsinki, Finland, as part of ongoing U.S. efforts to strengthen bilateral and multilateral security relationships with the nations of the Nordic-Baltic region. Deputy Secretary Work met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto to thank him for Finland’s contributions to the counter-ISIL campaign, peacekeeping ...
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Kalle Könkkölä to Receive the International Advocate Award from USICD

United States International Council on Disabilities has recognized Kalle Könkkölä as this year’s International Advocate Award recipient. Mr. Könkkölä is currently the Executive Officer of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) and Vice-President of the Finnish Disability Forum in Finland. He is also Chair of the Abilis Foundation of Finland, which funds disabled peoples organizations in developing ...
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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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U.S. Trade Negotiator Christina Sevilla Discusses the Benefits of T-TIP for Small Businesses in Finland

During her October 13-14 visit to Helsinki, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Christina Sevilla met with Finnish senior officials, parliamentarians, labor unions, SME executives, and major business associations. Dr. Sevilla explained how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) could benefit Finland’s many small and medium sized enterprises, in particular.
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USS Jason Dunham Visiting Helsinki

Cmdr. Kevin Hoffman, executive officer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) gives a tour of the ship to U.S. Ambassador Bruce J. Oreck and guests of the Embassy on July 4, 2015. Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support ...
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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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U.S. Special Arctic Representative Admiral Papp Visited Finland

U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp visited Finland from January 22-25. In Helsinki he emphasized the importance of U.S.-Finnish cooperation on Arctic Issues, especially given our countries’ upcoming back-to-back chairmanships of the Arctic Council, during a panel discussion hosted by FIIA.
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