Published On: Tue, Dec 8th, 2015

98th year of independence of Finland

HelgaWILLEMSTAD -- Finland celebrated on Sunday it’s 98th year of independence.

Honorary consul of Finland in Curaçao Helga Mensing received the following letter from the ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Foreign Trade and Development in Finland:

‘Dear Honorary consuls and distinguished Team Finland network.

Independence Day, December 6, gives us a good reason to pause and take stock of events in the world from Finland’s perspective.

Finland is a pioneer in many ways. Finland is a prosperous and wealthy country but news about the state of our economy and the refugee situation in Europe gives cause for concern among many Finns.

The world is changing fast and that means that we also must make changes.

Finish expertise is still among the best in this world. In global competitive rankings Finland still retains a top position.

Finland comes first in terms of freedom of press, and when the quality of water and air are measured.

In surveys measuring gender equality, Finland ranks second best in the world.

Moreover the Good Country Index, which measures countries contribution to the common good of humanity, Finland comes second.

These strengths of Finland are highlighted by the Finland’s Promotion Board. Its programme for 2016 focuses on cleanliness, welfare, functionality and education. UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day will be held in Finland in May next year.

We believe that honorary consuls and distinguished Team Finland Members have an important mission in the dissemination of a positive but at the same time a realistic picture of Finland around the world.

We need you as our messengers especially now that the centenary of Finland’s independency is nearing in 2017. You are important to us. We thank you and enjoy your Independence celebration’.

Signed by Tino Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Lenita Toivakka Minister for Foreign Trade and Development.

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