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 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.

President Sauli Niinistö met with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters in Kultaranta, Naantali. General Wolters was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and U.S. Ambassador to Finland Robert Pence. (Photo: Riikka Hietajärvi/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland) (56/100)
President Sauli Niinistö met with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters in Kultaranta, Naantali. General Wolters was accompanied by Ambassadors Gordon Sondland and Robert Pence. (Photo: Riikka Hietajärvi/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland) (56/100)

July 6-7. Parainen: Ethan Tabor and his family traveled to Parainen for a wonderful weekend of nature, friends, good food, and sauna. (48/100)

July 13. Koivistoisen Mansikkatila, Vantaa: Ethan Tabor and his family picked fresh strawberries at Koivistoinen Farm in Vantaa to make some delicious fresh Finnish strawberry jam for the fall and winter. (49/100)

July 15. Rissala: Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force General David L. Goldfein visited Finland July 14-15. The visit was hosted by Commander of the Finnish Air Force, Major General Pasi Jokinen. (Image: Finnish Air Force) (50/100)

July 18. Suomi Areena, Pori: Deputy Chief of Mission Ian Campbell and colleagues from the Political and Economic Section traveled to Pori for Suomi Areena. (51/100)

July 19. Savonlinna: Ambassador Pence and Mrs. Suzy Pence traveled to Savonlinna July 19. They visited UPM Plywood Savonlinna Mill and met with Mill Director Tommi Takanen. They also had lunch with the Mayor of Savonlinna Janne Laine and saw Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. (52/100)

August 8. Hammarland, Åland Islands: Political and Economic Officer Harald Olsen spent four days riding his bike from Eckerö to the port of Långnäs. The cows greeted him in Hammarland. (53/100)

August 9. Kastelholm Castle, Åland Islands: Political and Economic Officer Harald Olsen spent four days riding his bike from Eckerö to the port of Långnäs. The castle in the background is Kastelholm Castle, the only one in Åland. (54/100)

August 10. Kökar, Åland Islands: Political and Economic Officer Harald Olsen spent four days riding his bike from Eckerö to the port of Långnäs. The last stop on his Åland tour was the tiny island of Kökar. (55/100)

August 14. Kultaranta, Naantali: President Sauli Niinistö met with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod D. Wolters in Kultaranta, Naantali. General Wolters was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and U.S. Ambassador to Finland Robert Pence. (Photo: Riikka Hietajärvi/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland) (56/100)

U.S. Embassy Finland staff enjoyed a fun Saturday outdoors in nature when the Community Liaison Office organized a guided mushroom and berry tour at Nuuksio, Espoo. The Nuuksio National Park is within easy reach of the capital city and is a treasure chest of all things Finnish forests can offer. (57/100) (© State Dept.)
U.S. Embassy Finland staff enjoyed a fun Saturday outdoors in nature when the Community Liaison Office organized a guided mushroom and berry tour at Nuuksio, Espoo. The Nuuksio National Park is within easy reach of the capital city and is a treasure chest of all things Finnish forests can offer. (57

August 24. Nuuksio National Park, Espoo: U.S. Embassy Finland staff enjoyed a fun Saturday outdoors in nature when the Community Liaison Office organized a guided mushroom and berry tour at Nuuksio, Espoo. The Nuuksio National Park is within easy reach of the capital city and is a treasure chest of all things Finnish forests can offer. (57/100)

August 28. Oodi Central Library, Helsinki: Oodi was voted winner of the 2019 Public Library of the Year award by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in Athens on Tuesday, August 27. Congratulations from the U.S. Embassy Finland – you are the best! (58/100)

August 30. Business Festival Shift, Turku: U.S. Embassy Finland was happy to host Dr. Catherine Havasi from MIT for her 3-day program in Finland. At Shift Business Festival in Turku, she talked about the “Importance of Collaboration in AI Projects” and got to visit beautiful downtown. (59/100)

U.S. Embassy Finland was happy to host Dr. Catherine Havasi from MIT for her 3-day program in Finland. At Shift Business Festival in Turku, she talked about the “Importance of Collaboration in AI Projects” and got to visit beautiful downtown. (59/100) (© State Dept.)
U.S. Embassy Finland was happy to host Dr. Catherine Havasi from MIT for her 3-day program in Finland. At Shift Business Festival in Turku, she talked about the “Importance of Collaboration in AI Projects” and got to visit beautiful downtown. (59/100) (© State Dept.)