The Secretary of State Mr. Peter Stenlund, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs visited Prague on the 28th and 29th of March 2017. During his visit, the Secretary of State met with representatives of the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, in addition to which he also took part in festivities held to honor Finland’s 100 years of independence. Topics covered in Secretary of State’s formal meetings were related to current international and European Union affairs. After attending to the formal parts of the visit, the Secretary of State paid a visit to the Finnish embassy and met with the staff.
In addition to extended bilateral relations Finland and the Czech Republic also share an important historic era, as Finland gained its independence just one year before Czechoslovakia declared independence in 1918. Organized by the Nordic Chamber of Commerce, the concert celebrated the centenary year of Finnish independence and was attended by the Secretary of State. The symphony orchestra, led by its Finnish conductor Mr. Pietari Inkinen, performed the spectacular piece Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg.
For Pietari Inkinen, this was his second year as the Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In a reception held in connection with the concert, the Secretary of State Mr. Stenlund, stressed the similarities between Finland and the Czech Republic with regard to having high focus on export and innovation. In the spirit of the centenary year, he also highlighted the importance of working closely together in order to achieve success – whether it be as regards to building an independent nation or creating an artistic experience for large audiences.