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"Arctic Variety" published by Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini at Helsinki Book Fair

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Publication date 25.10.2016 13.04 | Published in English on 25.10.2016 at 13.10
Press release

Press release 200/2016
25 October 2016

On Thursday 27 October at 17.30 Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on the Aino stage at the Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, where Minister Soini will also be interviewed on Finland's Arctic policy and future visions at 17.30-18.30. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland's Ambassador for Arctic Affairs Aleksi Härkönen will also be present to answer questions by the audience. The authors, Science Editor Marjo Laukkanen and Head of Science Communications Markku Heikkilä from the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland will attend the publication event. The interview with Minister Soini will be conducted by Markku Heikkilä.

After the event Minister Soini will visit the section of Europe Information 6f130, where he will also test his Arctic footprint. There Minister Soini will be accompanied by Ambassador for Arctic Affairs Härkönen and the authors of "Arctic Variety".

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at

The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at

Inquiries: Ville Cantell, Director, tel. +358 295 351 847 and Päivi Toivanen, Communications Coordinator, tel. 358 295 351 375, and for the Arctic Centre Markku Heikkilä, +358 40 484 4300 and Marjo Laukkanen, +358 40 484 4296.

Email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are of the form [email protected] and those of the Arctic Centre of the form [email protected].

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