Estemb in Helsinki :: News, events http://www.estemb.fi/eng en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee President Kersti Kaljulaid's keynote speech at the Northern Light Summit http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6868 <p> </p> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, dear listeners</p> <p>It's an honour for me to stand before so many business leaders and decision-makers, and to describe to you the Estonian fairy tale of development of the last quarter of a century. All successful management strategies in rapidly changing or even unpredictable global environment involve grasping opportunities, while managing the risks. This applies for businesses and for states, even if their coping strategies have to be different.</p> <p>I admit that for obvious reasons not all Estonians share the view that our development over the last 25 years has been 'great'. However, by the end of the day probably everybody understands that you cannot have the Scandinavian welfare system and Singaporean lean state, Scandinavian wage levels and Latvian low prices all at once. Anyway, this is roughly, what Estonian people demand from their rulers and I feel squaring these circles the best way is also a key to sustain the success what Estonia has achieved in last 25 years. Teething troubles of a young democracy, as you see.</p> <p>In 1992, when Estonia exited the rouble zone and adopted Estonian krona, we did it in an innovative way. Our then President of the Central bank Siim Kallas, whom most of you here know very well, I believe, was facing resistance from the IMF to support our monetary reform. The reason? Nobody had gone so bold, so radical, so high risk and, from the other hand, so simple way. Simply adopting the krona, fixing its exchange rate to gain public confidence in it, floating it free from day one to avoid black market of currency exchange, and to adopt a law that budget has to balance, because you cannot sustain a currency board without fiscal stability. IMF said no. Impossible. Money would leave the country. You will never balance the budget, poor as you are. You will have to devalue at one point and therefore promising people that 8 kronas will buy you 1 deutsch-mark forever is not sustainable.</p> <p>I am not saying IMF was not right about risks. Of course it was. But Estonia started to exhibit the character which later brought us the digital state which is now our global image. They could not consider this, as we ourselves could not say what it was. By now, we know. Estonia can, unlike no other country, create permissive legal environment for innovation, both public and private.</p> <p>The model we thought up for monetary reform made sense from all technical aspects. Only if we could create a law space which supported it, and then stuck to it with national consensus. Estonian governments changed rapidly until we joined the EU. But they all kept to the legal base which guaranteed the stability of the krona until we joined the euro area in 2011. On the road, we saw the emerging market confidence crisis with markets betting against krona, d-mark was changed to euro and we kept the exchange rate exactly as it was from 92, even if it now meant an exchange rate ridiculously precise – 1 euro cost 15,6466 kronas. Then came the crisis of 2009, during which we laid the foundations to join the euro area. But this was our way of showing our people – our law space, smart, simple, stable, but very demanding – is to be trusted. It is innovative, but at the same time sticks not to political, but technical logic. The political discomfort of explaining this to the people and sustaining this environment even if your opponents created it in the first place has to be endured.</p> <p>Our model of monetary reform later became textbook suggestion for IMF, by the way.</p> <p>To sustain the krona, we had to get FDI and get it quickly. We needed massive capital investment to rise the productivity of Estonian industry, as we had educated workforce, but lacked technology and market access. No one but us believed our monetary system is sustainable in addition to being innovative. Therefore, we needed more.</p> <p>We needed rapid privatization with no strings attached – no guarantees for jobs or other restrictions limiting the speed of the turnover. Another smart move technically, but suicidal politically. Yet the model sustained several governments. Again, we had been legally innovative, even if not absolutely original – German Treuhand model was our base, but we did it even simpler.</p> <p>Then of course, the Estonian tax model had to be so innovative that investors started to look towards us, as we were not exactly a big lucrative market. We had to create tax space, which would sound like wonderland to FDI. We went for flat tax, same tax rate for personal income, rents, corporate income. Tax rate, which would not rise with rising incomes, to not quell initiative and to keep it simple. Later, when other countries started to copy our innovation, we boosted it by abolishing the corporate income tax and only taxing dividends in order to sustain FDI interest into massive capital investment. At that point, it was all about industrial development and productivity gains in production, as our cost base was still low.</p> <p>You see? The only thing we did differently from other emerging markets was innovative law space. And the rest was left to free markets, as we had no time to overregulate and we could anyway not afford the cost of overregulation. This lead to smart, minimal, but sufficiently regulated legal space for economic growth. Business knew where it stood in Estonia - – even if you had just a few rules then companies understood that they applied equally to everybody.</p> <p>By now we have foreign direct investments in Estonia for 20 billion euro and salaries growing by 6-7% per year. Direct foreign investments totals more than 85% of GDP. Additional inflow of direct foreign investments in 2017 was more than 1,5 billion euro, i.e. 8,5% and Estonia now ranks on the first place in the International Tax Competitiveness Index. Our GDP per capita in PPP terms in 2016 was on the same level – 29-30 thousand US dollars – as it was in the richest countries of EU in 2004. Remember, it was about 2300 dollars in back in 1991.</p> <p>After introducing flat income tax the capital flew in. We were the solution to everybody in Scandinavia when they were trying to save costs. But we knew that this will only work to certain level and will not be the way to complete catch-up with the richest parts of the world. You can never catch anyone if you just do what they have done before you, can you?</p> <p>We realized we cannot remain the recipients of the slightly outdated technology your companies were seeking to combine with our lower salaries. This had helped in the beginning, but was no way to leapfrog. We wanted more and we wanted it quickly, because the European labour market was opening up and we understood that otherwise people will start moving to countries with higher wages.</p> <p>What is the interesting new thing the state can do to make Estonia more attractive to try out new technologies? It was obvious we can only be quick adapters, not developers, for that you need to be big and rich. But we saw there is a niche – most public sectors were falling behind in the creation of the legal space for new streams of technology. Our attention was brought particularly on digital and also on population level genomics.</p> <p>We created a legally permissive environment for digital technologies at the same time making it safe so the people could trust it. Because as you know digital and trust is the big and major issue in Western countries. If the whole world had done like Estonia – creating safe digital environment for official use, digital ID with encryption, big companies like FB would not need to go from parlament to parlament apologizing for crimes they did not commit – but acting in legal vacuum which the states themselves had left. However, the other states did not what we were doing, because, of course, it made sense technically, far less so politically. For some reason, Estonia again managed the technically right law space, while avoiding political pitfalls and creating consensus around our single digital backbone for public and private services.</p> <p>Our law space makes people to trust what we have. We were early adapters, so we got there cheap. We offered a digital sandbox for service developers, as other states could not compete and still cannot compete on legal space creation, providing safety for both users and businesses. Our digital environment is predictable law space more than cutting-edge technology. The technology comes from businesses, State only does legal space creation. But this space is vital for new ideas.</p> <p>However, it was not only digital, there were other areas in the development in the technology where you could create similar legally permissive environments. We created another one, which is less known because this science has not developed as quickly as digital technology—it's population level genetic analysis. Roughly at the same time as e-Estonia, Estonian genome law was created and Estonian Genome Foundation started to operate on private investment basis. We offered legal space to work on population genetics, protected the personal data of our people, but allowed scientific and commercial use of this data in impersonalized format. Now, we think that by 2020, about 10% of our population will have their most common genetic risk markers analysed and can take measures to stay healthy on more informed basis. And if 10% is analysed, all their relatives are also somewhat more informed of their risks, so you have covered about one third of your people. This is population level preventive health care already. No other country but Iceland and Estonia offers this nationally. Participation is of course voluntary.</p> <p>Again, as with digital, we could not afford to create the new technologies. But we did not need to. All we needed was legal space to bring investment and technology in. It seems to work, as we continue to catch up with developed economies, of course not in industrialization, but our services economy seems o compensate well for that, allowing us to even refuse some industrial investment if we think it might be environmentally detrimental. We may be wrong there, but you see – our success in embracing the new by smart legislation has made us somewhat overconfident that we can get rich while preserving environment, not on its expense as was necessary in 20th century. Some technologies that are currently being used in Finland, are actually being refused in Estonia as being too polluting.</p> <p>For 1,3 million people we have 4 unicorns. Ten times denser than USA.</p> <p>The next big thing is artificial intelligence. We started to realize that there will be driverless cars and robots walking on the street quite early and so we changed our traffic-law in Estonia. It has been put to practice already, when we had an accident and the car driver was found guilty.</p> <p>We are quite good at regulating for concrete, existing technologies to make it safe for them to thrive in Estonia. But today this is not enough anymore. We see that technological cycle is far too short today to regulate for each round. What to do?</p> <p>We in Estonia think we must regulate the relations between human beings and algorithms in a technology neutral way. I am sure that no matter who wins the coming elections in 8 months, all parties would do it. They have to, because our people demand proactive state services, not just digital. For example, people don't understand anymore why you have to apply separately for child support, when the baby gets and digital identity already in the hospital, and the state knows my bank account number? They want..... and we will give it ot them. For that you have to regulate how algorithms can operate with humans off the loops, and while it is not as dramatic-looking as driverless cars, it is as important steps toward our coexistence with automatic, autonomous and one day, AI systems.</p> <p>We are also quite confident with our e-residency offer. It is very much like a normal start-up. Right now we have some 40 000 e-residents, 1% of Estonian companies already accredit e-residents and we are now going to take a look how to turn that into moneymaking machine or benefits for the country – enlarging our economy, bringing in more tax money etc.</p> <p>Globally it is not yet recognized that technology has made people free. You can work in Australia in the morning, in United States in the evening, you can sit in Sweden or Mediterranean. However, most governments expect citizens to have an address and working address, so that the tax revenue can be collected. Now you need to be thinking very differently in the digital society.</p> <p>If your people are working everywhere, to whom are they going to pay taxes? Probably for those who offer them a safe harbour of services globally. It is urgent to figure out the new, free social contract between a state and a citizen, where the state takes responsibility to continue providing services to their citizens wherever they work and wherever they live. The citizens, in exchange, can contribute to the state's resources according to their income, whichever and wherever its origin. Of ocurse everything we can today think of in this direction runs into direct conflict of OECD rules, but we are sure that one day this will be changed. As a country of many e-residents we will then probably be the select safe hub for much more than 1 million people.</p> <p>While this is not yet the case, we can offer a low bureaucracy business environment in the pocket for our e-resdience, and a citizenship complete with public services in the pocket for Estonian citizens. This is much more than public offer of most states globally. It has to keep sustaining economic growth if we keep playing smart, safe and innovative, acceptable and understandable to our citizens and constantly adapting to the new technological realities.</p> <p>Finally, a few words about geography.Estonia has not neglected its geopolitical environment. We strove to join EU and NATO since we regained independence. We are OECD member state and an aspiring UN Security Council member. We trust in global networks based on rule of law, human rights and liberal democratic values. We work tirelessly with all our partners and allies to make sure no one would question our right to chose our own path as a free and independent nation. We are pretty good at risk assessment, communicating this to out partners an constantly seeking workable solutions to make sure what we achieved can be preserved and further developed in safety.</p> <p>The trauma of 1940, succumbing to occupation without a fight, has made us to work on independent defence capacity very much like our Finnish brethren. While saying this, we are also dedicated to continue to positively engage with our Eastern neighbor. Hoping that by working bilaterally and through EU programs, to strengthen Russian civil society, we might one day see a positively transforming eastern neighbor we thought we had in early 90ies. We are sad to see to which extent our Eastern neighbor has closed off the communication space between western democracies and itself, to the detriment of its own economic development and also of course lessening the developmental capacity for the whole region. One day thatmight change, and we are eagerly waiting for that day, never giving up hope. But being cut off from Russian market has probably added a new twist to the Nordic economies, particularly Finland and Estonia, to be more global economies.</p> <p>Technology comes to our aid here, as geography can be neglected in 21st century economies. So maybe it is no coincidence that Estonia and Finland are only two sovereign states globally who have technical capacity to exchange real time data between their e-governance platforms and build joint services on this. So, our people can basically work everywhere in the world, without ever leaving the Nordics – which truly is the best place in the world where to live, as you all very well know.</p> <p>Thank you for listening!</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/097/t2_northernlight2.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 07:41:47 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6868 President Kaljulaid to embark on a work visit to Helsinki and Paris http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6863 <p> </p> <p>President Kersti Kaljulaid will depart today for Helsinki where she will take part in the Northern Light Summit of European business leaders and on Saturday in Paris at the graduation ceremony of Sciences Po, an institute of political studies.</p> <p>Founded in 2002, the European Business Leaders' Convention, Northern Light, provides a forum for top business leaders, experts and politicians to exchange views on European politics and economics in an informal setting. President Kaljulaid will talk about the achievements of Estonia to the participants of a business lunch of the summit and will later give a presentation on changing management principles during the age of artificial intelligence.</p> <p>On Saturday, President Kaljulaid will be a keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of Sciences Po, institute of political studies. Sciences Po, established in 1872, is one of the leading international relations institutes in the world. Approximately 1,500 people will take part in the graduation ceremony.</p> <p>The Head of State will return to Estonia on Sunday.</p> <p>Office of the President<br>Communications Department</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:55:36 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6863 Conference brings 128 honorary consuls to Tallinn http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6860 <p>The Conference of the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Estonia, which opened today in Tallinn has brought together 128 of the country’s honorary consuls from all over the world. The honorary consuls will be discussing how best to promote Estonia, foster business relations and economic cooperation and help the Estonians living or travelling in other countries.<br> In his opening address the Foreign Minister praised the consuls for the effort they go to in representing Estonia’s interests. “Estonia’s honorary consuls have a major role to play in introducing our state and culture in their own countries, as well as in fostering business diplomacy and helping Estonian citizens,” he said. “The honorary consuls help Estonia extend its reach to regions like Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.” Mikser added that pro-active cultural and business diplomacy also creates a strong basis for cooperation between countries in other areas.<br> During the conference, which runs from 26-29 June, the honorary consuls will be meeting with President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and the representatives of Enterprise Estonia. Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also be speaking at the conference about foreign policy and consular issues. As part of the event the honorary consuls will be visiting the islands of Saaremaa and Muhu, where they will be meeting with representatives of local companies.<br> Estonia has almost 200 honorary consuls in 87 countries. Their main function is to provide consular services and assistance to Estonian citizens abroad, but they also help to foster economic relations and educational cooperation and to promote the country around the world. The consuls are respected figures in their own countries who enjoy high social standing. Their work as honorary consuls is undertaken voluntarily.</p> <p>The conference is being supported by Enterprise Estonia (EAS) and Saaremaa municipality.</p> <p>Gallery:&nbsp; <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/72157670524932618">https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576705...</a></p> <p>More information:<br> Liisa Toots<br> Media Adviser<br> Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br> E-mail: <a href="mailto:liisa.toots@mfa.ee">liisa.toots@mfa.ee</a><br> Telephone: +372 637 7628</p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/098/t2_aukonsulite_konverents.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:28:38 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6860 President Kaljulaid to European Heads of State in Tartu: a century ago it was a crucial time in all our stories http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6857 <p><b>„</b><b>On the occasion of the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, we are graced today by the presence of good friends with whom we share common values. A century ago, they, like us, went through a crucial period in the formative years of their statehood,” president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid said to the Heads of State gathered in Tartu. </b></p> <p>“Estonia shares a special bond with you all. A bond that over the past 100 years has been multi-layered and goes well beyond the centenaries of our countries. The connection we have is of course not limited only to Tartu and education. But it is a fine example of the connection that by now has extended to all areas of cooperation from traditional to digital and in many spheres goes beyond our countries and regions. And there is one particular thing that binds us together – we all have the same understanding of freedom and independence of our countries. We share democratic values. At the time when our values, freedoms and way of living are under systematic pressure, we must uphold the cornerstones of our societies and stay united,” president Kaljulaid said. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Estonian Head of State </strong><strong>also explained that Tartu and the University of Tartu are also&nbsp;an important centre for others and a </strong><strong>strong symbolic bond linking us all.</strong> “The university is what made Tartu into what it is for Estonians and the entire world. Above all, it is a key bulwark for Estonians’ and Europeans’ academic world,” president Kaljulaid said. </p> <p>Today President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelašvili, President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, President of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö are in Tartu to celebrate the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Estonia. </p> <p>Presidents will visit the science center Ahhaa and also Estonian National Museum and attend a dinner hosted by President Kaljulaid at the White Hall of the Museum of Tartu University and the day will culminate with the opening ceremony of Gaudeamus with fire, light and music at the banks of the river Emajõgi in the center of Tartu.</p> <p><i>Photos: Raigo Pajula/ Office of the President of Estonia</i></p> <p>Full speech can be found <a href="https://www.president.ee/en/official-duties/speeches/14413-the-president-of-the-republic-of-estonia-on-town-hall-square-in-tartu-22-june-2018-/index.html">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia</p> <p>Department of Communication </p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/009/t2_tartu1.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/020/t2_tartu3.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:40:31 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6857 The Estonian and Finnish Governments held a joint jubilee meeting in Tallinn http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6852 <p><br></p> <p>Tallinn, 7 May 2018 – in relation to the centenary of both countries, the Estonian and Finnish governments held a jubilee session, discussing transnational cooperation both in the establishment of physical and digital connections as well as in the field of culture and education. The promotion of sustainable economic growth in the European Union was also discussed.</p> <p><br> “The poetess Lydia Koidula used the metaphor of a bridge to describe Estonian-Finnish relations. This metaphor, which has symbolised the intercourse of two neighbouring countries for over a century, is also relevant today as we dream of new connections. For example, the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel, invisible digital data streams, real-life cross-border economy, as well as a deeper cultural cooperation,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “Today, we discussed how to establish these bridges in different dimensions so that Estonia and Finland would become an even more united region and a prominent innovation centre in the world.”<br> <br> <b>Physical connections</b><br> <br> As the first topic of the jubilee session, the governments discussed the establishment of physical connections. They discussed creating a transport corridor extending from the border of the Arctic Sea &nbsp;to Central Europe. As a part of this project, Estonia and Finland share the goal of establishing Rail Baltic by 2026. The governments acknowledged that in addition to Rail Baltic, the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel influences the trends of the 21<sup>st</sup> century in the region. It would not only be a part of the transport infrastructure – it would join the capitals of both countries and turn them into an international innovation centre, where close to two million people would live.<br> <br> The development of the energy market was also discussed. Estonia and Finland want to work with Latvia and Lithuania to open the Eastern Baltic Sea gas distribution centre, which would be closely linked to the rest of the European Union’s internal energy market. By 2020, the countries wish to build a gas tunnel called Balticconnector, which would connect the Baltic and Finnish gas systems.<br> <br> <b>Digital collaboration</b><br> <br> Another topic at the joint session was cooperation in the digital field, where one of the main issues is cross-border data exchange projects. Currently, digital data is exchanged via the X-road, but the exchange of data between the countries could be broader and include, for example, population and business registers, social security data, and digital receipts. It was also declared that the Estonian and Finnish governments would start exchanging data for free.<br> <br> To strengthen the economic ties between the countries, the governments wish to develop a real-time economic environment, where cross-border economic transactions are reflected digitally. According to the calculations of the Deutsche Bank, a real-time economic environment would help save around 260 million euros annually in Europe. Estonia believes that our countries could be the pioneers in this area.<br> <br> Cross-border cooperation is also sought in genomic research, which is made possible by genome centres established in both countries. Cooperation in this field will allow Estonia and Finland contribute to the initiative of the European Union for one million sequenced genomes, which, in turn, helps to promote personal medicine of the 21<sup>st</sup> century.<br> <br> <b>Cultural, linguistic, and educational bridges</b><br> <br> As the third topic, the countries discussed cultural, linguistic, and educational bridges. Both countries want to continue promoting the learning of Estonian and Finnish languages and find smart e-learning and digital solutions for this purpose. Cooperation in the international marketing of education is considered important for raising global awareness of the excellent educational opportunities in the region. In cultural cooperation, governments are hoping to increase the volume of cultural exports. The Estonian and Finnish states also declare support for mutual cultural centres: the Finnish Institute in Estonia and the Estonian Institute in Finland. The countries will also promote the Finnish-Estonian cultural fund.<br> <br> <b>Sustainable economic growth in the European Union</b><br> <br> As the fourth topic, the joint opportunities for promoting sustainable growth in the European Union were discussed. Circular economy and the common market were discussed in more detail. The development of the latter should be among the priorities of the European Union over the next five years. Among other decisions, the governments of both countries confirmed to work towards a competitive European Union in preparing the next budget period. They also said that they wish the relevant cross-border programs to continue.<br> <br> Photos of the joint session can be found here:<br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2dpiho40bifclhe/AACd-YXo5QvSOhefkNMCTU6oa?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2dpiho40bifclhe/AACd-YXo5QvSOhefkNMCTU6oa?dl=0</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/050/t2_yhisfoto.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Tue, 08 May 2018 07:35:27 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6852 Prime Minister Ratas met Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä prior to the jubilee meeting of the governments http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6850 <p><br></p> <p>Stenbock house, Tallinn, 7 May 2018 – Today, prior to the joint meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, to discuss the state of affairs and common interests in the European Union.</p> <p><br> Last week, the European Commission proposed the EU budget for 2021–2027, where it requests additional funding for digitalisation, young people, science and innovation, migration, managing external borders, and security.</p> <p><br> According to Prime Minister Ratas, the proposal by the European Commission takes the important aims of Estonia into account: ensuring better connectivity of different regions of Europe, levelling direct payments in agriculture to the average level of the European Union, and considering the prosperity of countries the main requirement for granting EU supports.</p> <p><br> Ratas admitted that long and difficult negotiations await ahead, as the European Commission aims to keep the budget in its current size or larger to fund the joint activities, although the United Kingdom, formerly a large contributor to the budget, is leaving the EU. “A strong, stable, and future-oriented European Union that aims to improve the well-being of its people is important to Estonia. This means that we want more Europe, not less, and we, too, are ready to consider increasing our contribution,” said Ratas.</p> <p><br> In addition, Ratas and Sipilä discussed the topics of the EU–Western Balkans summit that will take place next week, on 16–17 May in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the evening of 16 May, the dinner of the leaders, the tradition that was kicked off in Tallinn during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will take place, where the heads of state and government of the European Union focus on innovation, science, and digital cooperation.</p> <p><br> Ratas also presented to Sipilä the preparations for the digital summit that is planned to take place in autumn in Tallinn. The topics of the summit are global data management and artificial intelligence and their uses in e-governance, economy, and defence.</p> <p><br> “While the Finns have learned about the exchange of data from Estonia, then we could, in turn, learn from their experiences of using artificial intelligence. Finland is actively preparing to use artificial intelligence in the public sector,” noted Ratas.</p> <p><br> Today, at 2 p.m., the jubilee meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland will take place. The joint meeting celebrates the 100th anniversaries of both countries and aims to strengthen the ties and improve cooperation between the nations. The governments will discuss four topics: transportation and energy, digital development, cultural cooperation, and common interests in the European Union.</p> <p><br> At 5.15 p.m., Ratas and Sipilä will hold a press conference, which is broadcasted live: <a href="https://valitsus.ee/et/pressikonverentsid">https://valitsus.ee/et/pressikonverentsid</a>.</p> <p><br> More information about the joint meeting: <a href="https://www.valitsus.ee/en/news/governments-estonia-and-finland-hold-joint-jubilee-meeting-tallinn">https://www.valitsus.ee/en/news/governments-estonia-and-finland-hold-joi...</a></p> <table width="100" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/016/t2_sipila_ja_ratas.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td>Photo: Arno Mikkor</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br> Photos of the meeting of Ratas and Sipilä: <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2dpiho40bifclhe/AACd-YXo5QvSOhefkNMCTU6oa?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2dpiho40bifclhe/AACd-YXo5QvSOhefkNMCTU6oa?dl=0</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 May 2018 13:58:03 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6850 The governments of Estonia and Finland to hold a joint jubilee meeting in Tallinn http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6846 <p>Stenbock House, 30 April </p><p>The governments of Estonia and Finland will hold a joint meeting on 7 May in Tallinn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of both countries. Transport links between Estonia and Finland, digital and cultural cooperation, and common interests in the European Union will be discussed at the meeting.<br> <br> “The two brotherly nations have a strong historical and cultural connection that invites us for ever closer cooperation and urges us to move forward together,” noted Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “So far, The Government of Estonia has never held a joint meeting with a foreign government before and the joint jubilee meeting with the Government of Finland emphasises the special bond of the two nations. At the joint meeting, we will discuss topics that will help the two countries and their people to build more bridges between each other and to reinforce the existing ones.”<br> <br> The Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel and rail connection will be discussed by the governments in the transport discussion. Cross-border data exchange and development of e-services are discussed as part of the digital cooperation discussion. Cultural and educational cooperation, the role of small languages in the present world, as well as cooperation of our countries in the European Union, primarily in the fields of competition, environment, and trade are to be discussed at the jubilee meeting.<br> <br> The Republic of Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary this year on 24 February; the Republic of Finland celebrated its 100th year of independence last year on 6 December.<br> <br> The joint meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, 7 May at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu. At 5.15 p.m., the Prime Ministers Ratas and Sipilä will hold a joint press conference at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<br> <br> The Secretary-Generals of the ministries of both countries will also meet on 7 May.<br> <br> <br> <b>ACCREDITATION INFORMATION</b><br> <br> <b>Please notify us of your wish to capture the events associated with the jubilee meeting by 12 p.m. on Friday, 4 May by e-mail <a href="mailto:press@riik.ee">press@riik.ee</a>. Make sure to include your name, publication, document number, and the events that you wish to cover.</b><br> <br> <b>At 10 a.m.: The meeting of the Secretary-Generals of Estonia and Finland at the Employers’ House of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation (Kiriku 6).</b><br> Photographers and operators are able to capture the start of the meeting. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the start of the meeting to arrive at 9.40 a.m. at the latest.<br> <br> <b>At 10.40 a.m.: The meeting of Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, and Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, at Stenbock House (Rahukohtu 3).</b><br> Photographers and operators are able to capture the start of the meeting. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the start of the meeting to arrive at 10.20 a.m. at the latest.<br> <br> <b>At 2 p.m.: the joint meeting of the governments of Estonia and Finland at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu (Lossi plats 1a).</b><br> Photographers and operators are able to capture the taking of the group photo at the White Hall of the Riigikogu (at 1.50 p.m.) and the start of the meeting at the Conference Hall. We ask the accredited press who wish to capture the taking of the group photo and the start of the meeting to arrive at 1.30 p.m. the latest.<br> <br> <b>At 5.15 p.m.: Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, and Juha Sipilä, the Prime Minister of Finland, will hold a joint press conference at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Toomkooli 17).</b><br> The press conference takes place with simultaneous interpretation in Estonian and Finnish. We ask the accredited press who wish to participate the press conference to arrive at 4.55 p.m. the latest.<br> The live broadcast of the press conference of the Prime Ministers is available here: <a href="https://valitsus.ee/et/pressikonverentsid">https://valitsus.ee/et/pressikonverentsid</a><br> <br> Official photos will be available here: <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fkl96fpxryqiydw/AAAw4RQelN_V53GodgeBKx-da?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fkl96fpxryqiydw/AAAw4RQelN_V53GodgeBKx-da?dl=0</a></p> <p>Government Communication Unit</p> <p>Phone +372 693 5710</p> <p><a href="mailto:press@riik.ee">press@riik.ee</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="Istung Tallinnas" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/053/t2_istung_tallinnas.jpg" title="Istung Tallinnas" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Wed, 02 May 2018 08:52:33 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6846 Estonian film "Taarka" at the European Film Weeks in Helsinki http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6842 <p>Estonian film "Taarka" by Ain Mäeots at the European Film Weeks on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 19.15 at the European Commission Representation in Finland, Malminkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="0" QFormat="true" Name="Normal"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" QFormat="true" Name="heading 1"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 3"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 4"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 5"/> 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The young republic was in chaos. Still, a 32-year-old idealist called <b>Mart Laar</b> was elected into office and went on to become Europe’s youngest Prime Minister.<br> Estonian-Finnish co-production tells of the first years of independence as the country traveled towards capitalism and out of the Soviet past. Suddenly you could get bananas and pantyhose from the store – if you had money.&nbsp;</p> <p>Language: Estonian, English, Swedish, Finnish<br> Subtitles: English</p> <p><b>The directors&nbsp;Kiur Aarma and Raimo Jõerand and producer Ari Matikainen&nbsp;will be present at Monday’s and Saturday’s screenings.&nbsp;After Friday’s screening, at 18:45 at Savoy, <a href="https://docpointfestival.fi/en/tapahtumat/events/rodeo-talk/">a discussion</a> will be held on the first years of Estonia’s independence.</b></p> <ul type="disc"><li><b>Director:</b> Kiur Aarma, Raimo Jõerand</li><li><b>Country:</b> Estonia</li><li><b>Year:</b> 2017</li><li><b>Length:</b> 75 min</li><li><b>Age limit:</b> S</li><li><b>Format:</b> DCP</li><li><b>Cinematography:</b> Manfred Vainokivi</li><li><b>Editing:</b> Matti Näränen</li><li><b>Audio:</b> Horret Kuus</li><li><b>Music:</b> Ardo Ran Varres</li><li><b>Production:</b> Kiur Aarma, Ari Matikainen / Traumfabrik &amp; Kinocompany</li></ul> <p><b>Showtimes:</b></p> <ul type="disc"><li>Savoy-teatteri: Mon 29.1. klo 19.00, avajaisnäytös</li><li>Savoy-teatteri: Fri 2.2. klo 17.30</li><li>Kinopalatsi 7: Sat 3.2. klo 21.00</li></ul> <p><a href="https://docpointfestival.fi/en/tapahtumat/films/rodeo-taming-a-wild-country/">https://docpointfestival.fi/en/tapahtumat/films/rodeo-taming-a-wild-country/</a></p><p><a href="https://docpointfestival.fi/en/tapahtumat/films/rodeo-taming-a-wild-country/"><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/023/t2_rodeo.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></a> </p> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:04:54 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6831 Estonian-Finnish holiday concert ‘Christmas Bridge’ http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6828 <p><br></p> <p>Helsinki City Hall<br> Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13<br> 14 Dec 2017 at 17:00</p> <p>This year Christmas is coming across the bridge! The Estonian-Finnish holiday concert ‘Christmas Bridge’ is a side programme of an exhibition ‘The Bridge’ where musicians from Finland and Estonia are bringing the Christmas spirit to the audiences.</p> <p>The concert will feature the String Quartet of Finnish Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Tero Latvala, and Estonian top-musicians Oliver Kuusik (tenor), Oksana Sinkova (flute) and Irina Zahharenkova (piano).</p> <p>Oliver Kuusik is a soloist and an acclaimed opera star of the Estonian National Opera. He has won several prestigious awards. Oksana Sinkova is a world-class flute player who has performed as a soloist with Estonian and foreign orchestras. Irina Zahharenkova is an acclaimed pianist and harpsichordist who has won many awards from international keyboard competitions. The Finnish Chamber Orchestra includes professional musicians from the front line of Finnish orchestras, concertmasters, vocal trainers, leading pedagogues and well-known artists. The String Quartet is directed by Tero Latvala.</p> <p>Use the rare opportunity to listen to Finnish and Estonian top musicians for free!</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Estonian Institute in Finland<br> Suvilahti, Sörnäisten rantatie 22<br> 00540 Helsinki, Finland<br> +358 9 669 805, +358 5 0438 5331<br> <a href="mailto:helsinki@estinst.ee">helsinki@estinst.ee</a><br> <a href="http://www.viro-instituutti.fi/">www.viro-instituutti.fi</a></p><p><a href="http://www.viro-instituutti.fi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/020/t2_eesti-soome-joulukontsert-3-2.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></a></p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:35:22 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6828 Congratulations, Finland! http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6823 <br><p> </p> <p>Estonian cities send greetings to their twin cities!</p> <p>Congratulations, Finland!</p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ">https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ</a></p> <p>Viron kaupungit onnittelevat 100-vuotiasta Suomea ja sen ystävyyskaupunkeja.<br> Onnea Suomi!<br> <a href="https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ">https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ</a></p> <p>Eestist saadetakse siiraid õnnitlusi Soome sõpruslinnadele,valdadele ja koolidele.<br> Palju õnne, Soome!</p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ">https://youtu.be/-MD26QMU6eQ</a></p><table width="100" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/057/t2_tartu.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td>Tartu/Väino Valdmann</td></tr></tbody></table> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:21:39 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6823 EU Heads of Mission luncheon http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6817 <p>EU Heads of Mission luncheon at the Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki, on Wednesday, 29 November 2017. </p> <p>Our guest of honor was Mrs Paula Risikko, the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Finland.</p><table width="100" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/045/t2__mg_7306.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td>Photo: Toomas Dettenborn</td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:40:10 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6817 Prime Minister Ratas to meet the heads of government of Nordic and Baltic countries in Helsinki http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6809 <p><br></p> <p>Tallinn, Stenbock House, 1 November 2017 – Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his colleagues from the Baltic and Nordic countries will be discussing the concerns and future prospects of the Nordic-Baltic region in Helsinki, Finland.</p> <p><br> At the meeting, Prime Minister Ratas will give an overview of the state of play of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, including digital development, and of the topics in the case of which reaching agreements will require more effort before the end of the year.</p> <p><br> Additionally, the prime ministers will discuss regional cooperation, security, energy markets, hybrid threats, and cybersecurity, as well as Trans-Atlantic relations and cooperation in the United Nations.</p> <p><br> The prime ministers of NB8 – Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – meet every autumn during the session of the Nordic Council, or the so-called Nordic summit.</p> <p><br> Before meeting his Nordic and Baltic colleagues, Prime Minister Ratas will visit the Latokartano school in Helsinki and the Estonian House, which is home to the Tuglas Society, the Estonian Institute, an office of Enterprise Estonia, and the Union of Estonian Societies in Finland.</p> <p><br> Triin Oppi</p> <p>Media Adviser to the Government</p> <p>Phone </p> <p>+372 502 5120</p> <p><a href="mailto:triin.oppi@riigikantselei.ee">triin.oppi@riigikantselei.ee</a></p><table width="100" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/044/t2_img_0205.jpg" vspace="10" border="0" hspace="10"></td></tr><tr><td>Latokartano children with teacher Silja Aavik</td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:02:52 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6809 Prime Minister Ratas: Estonia and Finland have opportunity to develop as a common investment area http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6805 <p><br></p> <p>Helsinki, 24 October 2017 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressed his gratitude to Finnish entrepreneurs who have greatly invested in Estonia over the years. “Finland is the main economic partner of Estonia with the help of whom Estonian economy has been able to develop and open up to the global economy over the past 26 years,” Prime Minister Ratas said at the meeting with foreign investors in Helsinki in the evening.</p> <p>“Last year, the sales of goods and services between Estonia and Finland alone amounted to as much as 27% of the Estonian GDP. Last year 2,3 million visitors came from Finland to Estonia, staying overnight for more than 6 million nights. We can only imagine how many jobs stand behind these numbers."</p> <p>According to Prime Minister Ratas, Estonia and Finland can already be considered as a common economic area, but there is still more potential for development. The Estonian economic model is in transformation from labor intensive to capital and research and development intensive activities. Our economic policy is increasingly focusing on innovation and new technologies.</p> <p>“I believe that one way to remain competitive in a global and rapidly developing economic environment is to increase cross-border cooperation, primarily between research institutions and enterprises that support the creation and sharing of knowledge. Estonia and Finland still have many unused opportunities in this field,” Ratas added.</p> <p>The opportunities for economic cooperation between Finland and Estonia have long been the topic of discussion. Lot of progress has already been made, but it is now time to speed things up. “We must aim further than the X-Road or integrated digital services. We have every opportunity to develop a common investment area and mutually strengthen our competitiveness,” Ratas concluded.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/022/t2_ratas_24.10.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:41:40 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6805 EU Heads of Mission luncheon http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6800 <br>EU Heads of Mission luncheon at the Embassy of Estonia on Friday, 20 October 2017. <br><br>Guest of honor H.E. Mr Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic of Finland.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/074/t2__mg_2524.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:01:39 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6800 President Kaljulaid: digitalisation will give nations an edge in the 21st century http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6798 <div> <div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>"Nations that develop a digital society faster will be more successful in the 21st century," stated the President of the Republic today, at the Futureforum in the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen. Governments will be required to provide their citizens and enterprises with the opportunity to use safe and reliable electronic identity, added President Kaljulaid.</p> <p>"When speaking about the breakthroughs in today's labour market and working habits of people, we need to understand whether our management models are good enough to cope with everything," said the Head of State. Governments must start thinking about how to introduce new sources into tax flows channelled into the current models, President Kaljulaid added.</p> <p>"Countries that act fast will be the winners, as digital and other nomads will only forge ties with places characterised with more flexible conditions for paying taxes and using securities," said the President of the Republic.</p> <p>This year's Hanaholmen's Futureforum focused on digital issues, innovation and productivity. President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke at the forum about Estonia's experiences in the digital sphere and participated with the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner, Swedish Minister of Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarab, and Professor of Political Science at Uppsala University, Joakim Palme, in a panel discussion entitled "How Does Digitalization Change People and Society".</p> <p>Office of the President<br>Communications Department</p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:44:20 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6798 President Kaljulaid will embark on a work visit to Finland http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6797 <div> <div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>President of the Republic will today go on a work visit to Finland, where she will give a presentation at the Futureforum in the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen.</p> <p>President Kersti Kaljulaid will speak at the forum about "Estonia's Digital Success Story" and participate with the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner, Swedish Minister of Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarab, and Professor of Political Science at Uppsala University, Joakim Palme, in a panel discussion entitled "How Does Digitalization Change People and Society".</p> <p>This year's Hanaholmen's Futureforum will focus on digital issues, innovation and productivity.</p> <p>Office of the President<br>Communications Department</p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:44:20 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6797 Finland: exhibition ‘The Bridge: Greetings from Two Republics’ http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6792 <p>Finland: exhibition ‘The Bridge: Greetings from Two Republics’</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Events:</p> <p>Helsinki City Gallery Virka<br> Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, 00101 Helsinki, Finland<br> 13 Oct 2017 – 25 Feb 2018</p> <p>Using photos and video materials, and suggesting intriguing new angles, the Estonian-Finnish joint exhibition ‘The Bridge’ tells a story of both republics’ 100-year independence.</p> <p>What kind of similarities and differences are there between Estonia and Finland? What about Finnish and Estonian national feelings, patriotism and independence in the light of history as well as through the eyes of contemporary artists?</p> <p>Estonia and Finland, two neighbours across the Gulf of Finland, became independent within a few months – Finland on December 6th, 1917, and Estonia on February 24th, 1918. The exhibition ‘Sild’ (‘The Bridge’) celebrates the centenary of Finnish and Estonian independence from the perspective of communication and cultural exchange between the two peoples. There are four themes in the exhibition: The Finnish Bridge, Souvenirs, Own Land – Own Will, and Independence Culture. The most important turning points of Estonian and Finnish history are presented as a timeline. The exhibition consists of photographs, maps, films and TV shows, posters, everyday items and photo and video artworks of four Estonian and four Finnish artists.</p> <p>The exhibition is created by the Estonian Institute, the Virka Gallery and the Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki. Exhibition texts are written by Mikko-Olavi Seppälä with Toomas Hiio and Kai Lobjakas as experts. The curator is Veikko Halmetoja and artists chosen to be in the exhibition are Alexei Gordin, Marja Helander, Flo Kasearu, Johanna Ketola, Karel Koplimets, Tatjana Muravskaja, Sepideh Rahaa and Sanni Seppo.</p> <p>The exhibition will feature a side programme that includes seminars and concerts, the first event – the history seminar – will take place on December 1, 2017.</p> <p>The Helsinki City Gallery Virka is open every day: Mon-Fri from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Contact:<br> Estonian Institute in Finland<br> Suvilahti, Sörnäisten rantatie 22<br> 00540 Helsinki, Finland<br> +358 9 669 805, +358 5 0438 5331<br> helsinki@estinst.ee<br> www.viro-instituutti.fi</p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/049/t2_silta_juliste_keskilaatu.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:50:55 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6792 Concert at the Helsinki Cathedral 08.10.2017 http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6789 <img alt="Toomkiriku kontsert II" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/092/toomkirik.jpg" title="Toomkiriku kontsert II" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:47:49 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6789 EU Heads of Mission luncheon at the Embassy of Estonia on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6782 <p>EU Heads of Mission luncheon at the Embassy of Estonia on Wednesday, 6 September 2017.</p> <p>Guest of honor H. E. Mr Petteri Orpo, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Finland.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.estemb.fi/static/files/051/t2_img_0021.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0"></p><p>Photo: Elo Raju<br></p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:52:50 GMT http://www.estemb.fi/eng/frontpage/events/aid-6782