Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations by Visiting 100 Places / April 2019

100 Years - 100 Places trip report for April 2019. (© State Dept.)

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 special relationship between these two countries. More information about the anniversary year available on our web page Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Finnish Diplomatic Relations in 2019.

April 2. Espoo: Chargé d’affaires Donna Welton met with the U.S. women’s ice hockey team at Espoo Metro Areena. The World Championships began on April 4 with a match between the U.S. and Finland. (24/100)

April 4. Kouvola: U.S. State Department Sports Envoys, professional skateboarders Lizzie Armanto and Ben Hatchell visited Kouvola skeittihalli. Local skateboarding enthusiast, pro snowboarder Roope Tonteri, hosted an open session with local skateboarders. Lizzie Armanto has joined Finland’s first-ever Olympic skateboarding team. The sport of skateboarding will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Sports Envoys are athletes and coaches who travel overseas to lead programs that were developed by U.S. embassies and consulates. (25/100)

April 17. Tampere University: Political-Economic Section Chief Shawn Waddoups visited Professor Hiski Haukkala’s innovative foreign policy decision making class. (26/100)

Anniversary concert at Musiikkitalo on April 17. (27/100) (Photo: Jari Flink)
Anniversary concert at Musiikkitalo on April 17. (27/100) (Photo: Jari Flink)

April 17. Musiikkitalo, Helsinki: The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Finnish diplomatic relations at Musiikkitalo in Helsinki 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. (Image: Jari Flink) (27/100)

April 20. Ekenäs & Karjaa: Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor and his family visited the Easter markets in Ekenäs and Karjaa, enjoying great food and picking up some beautifully crafted baskets. (28/100)

April 29. Repovesi: Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor is getting ready to hike with Fulbright Finland alumna Päivi Parkkonen at Repovesi national park. (29/100)

April 29. Valkeala: Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor gave a presentation on federalism in the United States “Understanding America” at Valkealan Lukio. He also met with two classes and enjoyed a delicious school lunch. (30/100)

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor in Valkeala (30/100)
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor in Valkeala (30/100)