2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki is pleased to invite applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institutes for upper secondary school students. The institute is hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and will take place in June and July 2020 with approximately 45 students: up to 35 European students and 10 …

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Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / September-October 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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President Niinistö Visits Washington D.C. (October 2, 2019)

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö made an official working visit to the United States and met President of the United States Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 2 October 2019. The meeting occurred during the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Finland and the United States. President Donald J. Trump is Celebrating 100 Years of Successful Diplomatic Relations with Finland CELEBRATING A CENTURY-LONG PARTNERSHIP: …

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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: July 23-August 15: Lappeenranta September 2-15: Joensuu September 19-October …

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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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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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Zoohackathon 2019: Combating Wildlife Trafficking Through Innovation and Technology

The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki and Korkeasaari Zoo organized the first Zoohackathon in Finland and in the Nordic region at Karhulinna, Korkeasaari Zoo, November 9 – 10, 2019. 15 developers, designers, and project managers participated in the event, forming teams to create applications, systems, and tools to help reduce demand for trafficked wildlife products. The embassy’s Deputy …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Relations between Finland and the United States have never been stronger” (November 6-7, 2017)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis congratulated Finland on its 100 years of independence and praised its contributions to democracy and global security during his November 6 – 7 trip to Helsinki. After meeting with President Sauli Niinistö on November 6, Mattis welcomed the “deepening bilateral and NATO defense partnership with Finland” and applauded the …

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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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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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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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Secretary Tillerson Passes the Arctic Council Gavel to Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini

“The last two years have witnessed remarkable growth in the reach and productivity of the Arctic Council, thanks to all of you. And I am confident that, under the leadership of Finland, the Council is poised to do even more.” – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Arctic Council Ministerial, May 11, 2017

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Invitation to Public Lecture by Dr. Carol Tenopir on Monday, April 24 at 16:00

Dr. Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland will give a public lecture (PDF 148 KB) titled “Research Data Services in European Libraries” on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 16:00 …

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