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Special Luncheon with the President of Finland
September 22 @ 11:00 am CDT
Join Global Minnesota and the Economic Club of Minnesota for a special event featuring His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland, in celebration of Finland’s 100 anniversary.
Since it became an independent state on December 6, 1917, Finland has succeeded in building and maintaining a stable, democratic society. At the same time, creativity – the freedom to discover and try new solutions – has been the key to Finland’s economic and intellectual success. The anniversary represents Finland’s achievement in creating a unique voice for, and example of, democracy.
Presented in partnership with the Economic Club of Minnesota, the Minnesota Trade Office, and the Honorary Consulate of Finland in Minnesota.
The event includes a reception at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon at 12:00 p.m.
About President Niinistö:
Sauli Väinämö Niinistö, the 12th President of the Republic of Finland, was inaugurated on March 1, 2012. He graduated from the University of Turku with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1974. Early in his career, he was a rural police chief, had his own law office and served as an assistant judge at the Turku Court of Appeals for more than ten years.
Niinistö was elected to the Town Council of Salo in 1977 and continued to hold elected posts in local government until 1992. In 1987 he was elected to the Parliament of Finland. Subsequently, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister in 1994. A year later, he was appointed Minister of Finance. He was chairman of the National Coalition Party from 1994 to 2001.
In 2003, Niinistö assumed the post of Vice President of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. He returned to the Finnish Parliament in the 2007 election with the highest number of votes ever gained by a candidate. He was Speaker of Parliament from 2007 to 2011.
President Niinistö is married to Jenni Haukio and has two adult sons from his previous marriage. President Niinistö is active in sports and was also Chairman of the Finnish Football Association from 2009 to 2012 and Chairman of the organizing committee for the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships. He has written two books.
Registration will close on September 15 for security reasons.