Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland

Location: Helsinki, Finland Event: The Embassy is aware of a demonstration planned for October 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the vicinity of the Parliament House in Helsinki, Finland.  The U.S. Embassy has advised its personnel to avoid the demonstration area and exercise caution if near a large public gathering or protest. Actions to Take: Avoid …

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Public Lecture: Professor Gawdat Bahgat on Iran

Please join us for a public lecture on Iran by Professor Gawdat Bahgat at Helsinki University on Tuesday, October 15, at 14:15! Since the early 1990s global powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran have been engaged in intense negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program, ballistic missiles and regional policies. Both sides do not speak with …

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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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Photo Exhibition on the 100th Anniversary of U.S – Finnish Diplomatic Relations Touring Finland (September 11, 2019)

To celebrate the anniversary year 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Finland and the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., compiled a photo exhibition highlighting many memorable moments in the 100 years of shared diplomatic history. Thanks to our partner League of Finnish-American Societies, the exhibition is now touring Finland: September 2-15: Joensuu September 19-October 6: Tampere October 7-13: …

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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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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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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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Coming Up: Zoohackathon 2019: Combating Wildlife Trafficking Through Innovation and Technology

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 11, 2019 The Department of State’s Zoohackathon promotes technology solutions, builds cross-sector collaboration, raises awareness, and empowers communities to combat wildlife trafficking. During 48-hour competitions, teams of university students, software developers, coders, graphic designers, and wildlife enthusiasts use technology to tackle wildlife conservation problems. At each local event …

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U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because …

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Commemorating the Anniversary Year Through Photographs (July 23, 2019)

On January 1, 2019, U.S. Embassy Finland and the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. , embarked on a visual journey through our countries’ shared history. The project’s title, “100 Years – 100 Images,” explains it all. Together, we collected 100 images of memorable moments in the 100 years of shared diplomatic history with the U.S. Embassy and the Finnish Embassy …

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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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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press (July 8, 2019)

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. In my address at the Claremont Institute back in May, called “A Foreign Policy from the Founding,” I made clear that the Trump administration has embarked on a foreign policy that takes seriously the founders’ ideas of individual liberty and constitutional government. Those principles have long played a prominent role in …

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Ambassador Pence Receives Donation of Diplomatic Artifact from Victor Ek for the U.S. Diplomacy Center (July 3, 2019)

U.S. Ambassador Robert Pence accepted a special donation on behalf of the United States from the company Victor Ek on July 3. Victor Ek Executive Chairman Michael Cederkreutz donated the original 1898 commission of Victor Ek as a vice consul in Helsinki. ( In PDF 1,05 MB) The commission, which predates U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations by more than …

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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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U.S.-Finland Centennial Exhibit Closing Reception at the Diplomacy Center (May 7, 2019)

100 years ago on May 7, 1919, the United States recognized Finland in a letter from Secretary of State Robert Lansing to Foreign Minister Rudolf Holsti. On May 7, 2019, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Patrick Murphy gave his remarks at the centennial exhibit closing reception held at the Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. Acting …

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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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The 100th Anniversary Concert of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations at Musiikkitalo on April 17, 2019. The program included a joint concert by a clarinet quartet from the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band and a clarinet ensemble from Kaartin Soittokunta, as well as an overview of U.S.-Finnish relations since 1919, welcome …

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Secretary’s Remarks: International Roma Day (April 8, 2019)

On behalf of the Government of the United States, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the Romani people on the occasion of International Roma Day. On this day, we recognize the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Romani people and their contributions to the dozens of countries around the world in which they …

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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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Press Release – United States Grant to the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (December 12, 2018)

The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, with support from the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center, has provided a $500,000 grant to the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) to support its work to increase preparedness, build resilience, and defend against hostile state influence activities.  The grant will help partner states to …

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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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The ARC Grant 2018 Application Period Has Been Extended (December 7, 2018)

The deadline for the ARC Grant 2018 application period has been extended. Please send in your application by December 21, 2018. The American Resource Center’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 …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Iran’s President Works to Further Isolate Iranian Regime From Both World and Iranian People (November 26, 2018)

Iranian President Rouhani has once again called for the destruction of Israel. He referred to it as a “cancerous tumor” and a “fake regime.” Such statements inflame tensions in the region by seemingly calling for war. At an international conference on Islamic unity, Rouhani also encouraged Muslims worldwide to unite against the United States. This …

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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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Ambassador Pence in Rovaniemi

U.S. Ambassador Robert Pence visited Rovaniemi October 11-12 as part of the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Environment Ministers Meeting. The U.S. delegation was headed by Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The United States aims to safeguard U.S. security, economic and …

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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 ARC Grant 2018 Application Period is Now Open! (Sept 17, 2018)

The American Resource Center’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. Instructions on how to apply  at …

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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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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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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 …

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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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