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 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.

Ambassador Pence got to visit the tallest wood-framed building in the world - Joensuu Lighthouse. (61/100) (Ambassador Pence got to visit the tallest wood-framed building in the world - Joensuu Lighthouse. (61/100) (© State Dept.)
Ambassador Pence got to visit the tallest wood-framed building in the world – Joensuu Lighthouse. (61/100) (© State Dept)

September 11. Joensuu: Ambassador Robert Pence’s visit to Joensuu included a speech at the Paasikivi Society; visit to John Deere forest machine factory; visit to Carelicum, the North Karelian Museum; dinner with city leaders; and a visit to the tallest wood-framed building in the world – Joensuu Lighthouse. (61/100)

September 12. Lappeenranta: Ambassador Pence visited LUT University in Lappeenranta to speak to a business audience, to visit the J. Hyneman Center, to meet with students, and to talk with LUT researchers. (62/100)

September 12. Parikkalan Patsaspuisto: U.S. Embassy staff stopped by the Parikkalan Patsaspuisto to see a remarkable collection of concrete statues and a magnificent garden. The park was built by artist Veijo Rönkkönen (1942-2010) who worked on the site of about half a hectare for nearly 50 years, resulting in about 560 concrete statues. (63/100)

Linnanmäki is the oldest amusement park in Finland. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor and his family enjoyed a fall evening at the park in September. (64/100) (© State Dept)
Linnanmäki is the oldest amusement park in Finland. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor and his family enjoyed a fall evening at the park in September. (64/100) (© State Dept)

September 14. Linnanmäki, Helsinki: Who could resist amusement parks? Linnanmäki is the oldest amusement park in Finland. Opened in 1950, it is owned by non-profit Lasten Päivän Säätiö, which operates the park in order to raise funds to Finnish child welfare work. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor and his family enjoyed a fall evening at the park in September. (64/100)

September 18: Roosevelt Cabin, Rovaniemi: Ambassador and Mrs. Pence visited the Roosevelt Cabin in Rovaniemi. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt made a surprise visit to Rovaniemi in 1950. The Arctic Circle Cabin was constructed in just two weeks for the reception ceremony, and is known as the Roosevelt Cabin. (65/100)

September 19. Lappeenranta: All aboard! Public Affairs Officer William Couch spent the day in Lappeenranta attending the Fulbright Finland Foundation board meeting. (66/100)

September 27. Peräjänkulma, Vantaa: SAM Helsinki members with their American friends, including Colonel Keith Felter, were blessed with great weather during the annual pumpkin patch visit – the only pumpkin farm in Finland. (67/100)

September 28. Lahti Yankee Car Show: PAO Bill Couch attended the 2019 Lahti Yankee Car Show to present Ambassador’s Choice Award to John Löfbacka from Jakobstad. Also other cars were celebrating the anniversary year! (68/100)

Stadin Silakkamarkkinat - Helsinki Baltic Herring Market since 1743 is one of the oldest events in Finland. PAO Bill Couch took his 9-year-old son to the market to enjoy some delicious fresh herring! (69/100) (© State Dept)
Stadin Silakkamarkkinat – Helsinki Baltic Herring Market since 1743 is one of the oldest events in Finland. PAO Bill Couch took his 9-year-old son to the market to enjoy some delicious fresh herring! (69/100) (© State Dept)

October 10. Helsingin kauppatori: Stadin Silakkamarkkinat – Helsinki Baltic Herring Market since 1743 is one of the oldest events in Finland. PAO Bill Couch took his 9-year-old son to the market to enjoy some delicious fresh herring! (69/100)

October 27. Helsingin messukeskus: Helsinki Book Fair was organized on October 24-27, 2019. Last year the theme country was the United States, this year it was France’s turn. (70/100)

Ambassador Pence visited LUT University in Lappeenranta to speak to a business audience, to visit the J. Hyneman Center, to meet with students, and to talk with LUT researchers. (62/100) (© State Dept)
Ambassador Pence visited LUT University in Lappeenranta to speak to a business audience, to visit the J. Hyneman Center, to meet with students, and to talk with LUT researchers. (62/100) (© State Dept)
U.S. Embassy staff stopped by the Parikkalan Patsaspuisto to see a remarkable collection of concrete statues and a magnificent garden. (63/100) (© State Dept)
U.S. Embassy staff stopped by the Parikkalan Patsaspuisto to see a remarkable collection of concrete statues and a magnificent garden. (63/100) (© State Dept)
Helsinki Book Fair was organized on October 24-27, 2019. Last year the theme country was the United States, this year it was France's turn. (70/100) (© State Dept)
Helsinki Book Fair was organized on October 24-27, 2019. Last year the theme country was the United States, this year it was France’s turn. (70/100) (© State Dept)