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01.09.2019 - Article

The quality of German-Finnish relations is especially reflected in the numerous consultations on a wide range of issues and the good personal contacts at political level. In July 2019, Prime Minister Antti Rinne met Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. In June 2019, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was invited by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to open the Kultaranta Talks, a think‑tank event. In March 2019, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his Danish, Finnish and Swedish counterparts for N3+1 consultations in Helsinki.

Federal President Frank‑Walter Steinmeier paid a three‑day state visit to Finland in September 2018. In addition to holding talks and meetings in Helsinki with representatives of the cultural sphere, the business sector and civil society, the Federal President visited the city of Oulu in northern Finland. In May 2018, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Helsinki, where he opened the Finnish Ambassadors Conference and held talks with President Sauli Niinistö and Foreign Minister Timo Soini. In May 2017, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Federal President Frank‑Walter Steinmeier met in Berlin. The then Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä, visited Berlin in June 2017 for talks with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of the centenary celebrations. There are also good contacts between the two countries’ parliaments at both federal and Land level. The German‑Nordic Parliamentary Friendship Group in the German Bundestag has long maintained ties with the Finnish-German Group of Parliamentarians in the Finnish Parliament. There is also regular, intensive exchange between the two parliaments’ committees.

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