STOCKHOLM – On Friday August 25th, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven welcomed Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä to Stockholm as part of the celebrations commemorating Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state.
“100 Years of Independence also means a 100 years for us with strong and good relations that this is indeed a reason to celebrate, said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofen during a press conference held at Rosenbad.
As part of Finland’s 100th anniversary festivities, both Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Mr Löfven took part in an event where Finnish artist Marja Kanervo unveiled a sculpture ÅR TAL (YEARS)at Engelbrektsplan in Stockholm. The project entitled “Two Countries – One Future.”
“Of course we are here to celebrate 100 Years of Finland but our thoughts have strongly been in Turku with what happened their one week ago (Terror attacks) this has touched us and I would like to warmly thank Sweden for showing us sympathy,” said Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. “This is the biggest celebration outside of our border.”
The two respective leaders also discussed deepening bioeconomy cooperation along with EU matters, foreign and security policy during Prime Minister Sipilä’s visit to Stockholm on Friday.
“We share the same ideas in many of the same issues,” said Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. There will be alot of common challenges in the future. Now when Great Britain is leaving the EU we need to cooperate, we need to cooperate even closer together. Especially in the areas where the U.K. were very strong, the single market, free trade and so on.”
Current Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who has received the greatest backing for the 2018 campaign in the Dagens Nyheter(DN)/Ipsos poll with 24 percent, sent his regards to Nya Moderna party leader Anna Kinberg Batra after she announced her resignation at a press conference.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post
Photo Credit: Jessica Gow, TT