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MFA: Minister Skinnari to visit Stockholm

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Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Stockholm on 25 October 2021. The Minister will have a meeting with Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg and, together with representatives of Swedish and Finnish companies and universities, meet representatives of Swedish industry.

When the Finnish and Swedish foreign trade ministers met in Lahti in September, they agreed to pursue closer cooperation in efforts to strengthen funding, new investments and internationalisation in the area of research and development (R&D). The aim of this visit is to discuss the plans together with representatives of higher education institutions and companies and to establish concrete actions.

“In Lahti, we agreed to translate the cooperation between electric transport and carbon neutral construction into more concrete actions. By joining forces Finland and Sweden are stronger internationally,” Skinnari says. 

During his visit, Minister Skinnari will discuss with Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg and Marcus Wallenberg, who represents Swedish industry. The Ministers will have meetings with representatives of business life and universities, including Luleå University of Technology, StoraEnso and SSAB from Sweden. Finland will be represented by Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT University), which invests in carbon neutral construction and electric transport, and Kempower, a growth company based in Lahti. Minister Skinnari will also meet with Sweden’s Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.

“Cooperation between Finland and Sweden is very close in almost all areas, including trade and scientific research. The global competition is now very intense, which is why it is in the interest of both of Finland and Sweden to cooperate even more closely,” says Skinnari.

Inquiries:

Tiina Vainio, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 524 6559

Christina Lehtinen, Deputy Director, Unit for Northern Europe, tel. +358 50 461 9105

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