Arctic cooperation, developing trade relations and Iceland's experiences about the growth of tourism were discussed during the visit of Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland, at the Parliament on Tuesday, 15 May. The guest was welcomed by Paula Risikko, Speaker, Parliament of Finland.
President Jóhannesson and Speaker Risikko were both of the opinion that Finland and Iceland resemble each other, among other things in the way how democracy, the welfare state, freedom of speech and gender equality have been rooted and developed in both countries.
Arctic questions are also important to both of them. Iceland will succeed Finland as the chair of the Arctic Council in 2019–2021. Speaker Risikko also took up the possibility to deepen trade relations, and especially Finnish health technology.
Iceland also succeeds Finland in celebrating the centenary of its independence. Iceland became an independent kingdom in the personal union with Denmark in 1918. To celebrate its centennial, Iceland has invited speakers from all the Nordic and Baltic countries for a visit in midsummer.
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his spouse Eliza Reid are on a state visit in Finland in 14–15 May, hosted by Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic, and his spouse.