Independence Day Greetings from the Lithuanian Ambassador to Finland
On behalf of the Republic of Lithuania and on my own behalf I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on the 100-years of Independence of Finland and to convey the best wishes for the welfare and prosperity to the people of Finland. Lithuania celebrates together with you.
On the threshold of its Centenary of independence, Lithuania is well aware of the price that a nation has to pay for preserving its language, culture and identity in the twists and turns of history. We admire your courage in defending independence and your achievements over the past one hundred years.
We wish you all the best as you continue to write the inspiring success story of Finland!
Su gimtadieniu, Suomija! Hyvää syntymäpäivää, Suomi!
Ambassador of Lithuania to Finland Valdemaras Sarapinas
On 23 October, the 3d Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Finland was officially opened in Turku. During the opening ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said that the new Honorary Consulate would contribute to the promotion of economic and bilateral ties between Lithuania and Finland.
On 23 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini in Helsinki. The two Ministers discussed relations between Lithuania and Finland, the Baltic Sea region’s security situation, issues related to transatlantic cooperation, the Eastern Partnership, situations in Russia and Ukraine.
On 2 October, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was officially opened in Helsinki, Finland. The centre was opened and speeches were given by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä.
On 1st September, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Finland warmly welcomed a philosophy doctor, writer and translator Kristupas Sabolius who was invited to participate in a famous philosophy festival A Night of Philosophy that took place in Helsinki contemporary art museum Kiasma.
On 11 April in Helsinki, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was signed by representatives of the U.S., the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, France, Sweden and Germany.