Paula Risikko, Speaker of Parliament, paid an official visit to Sweden on Thursday, 19 April. In addition to Urban Ahlin, Speaker of Swedish Parliament, she met members of the Parliament's International Affairs Committee, representatives of the Finnish friendship group and the King and Queen of Sweden.
The topics discussed in the parliamentary meetings included bilateral and Nordic cooperation, topical EU issues and international themes.
The day began with a meeting with Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia, after which Speaker Risikko participated in the Queen Silvia Nursing Award ceremony. The award is granted to nursing students who have made development proposals for elderly care in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Germany. Speaker Risikko is the patroness of the prize in Finland.
The prize for Finland was awarded to Katri Sajama from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She has invented a speaking door guard that is activated by door handle movement and calms down or guides the senior citizen or person with a memory illness with the voice of a close relative, for example, which has been recorded beforehand.
"The Queen Silvia Nursing Award stresses the importance of competent, enthusiastic personnel in services for the elderly. As a nurse, I am also delighted by the appreciation shown towards ideas developed in practical nursing work", Speaker Risikko says.
Before her career as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Risikko worked in several positions in health care, such as a nurse and a teacher of nursing. Speaker Risikko is a Doctor of Health Sciences.