SuomiAreena 2022


Suomi Arena

Maarit Laakkonen
11 to 15 July 2022: SuomiAreena in Finland

The SuomiAreena democracy festival brings people together from across Finland for political discussions and invites you to this year’s largest platform for public debate.

Nordic co-operation is hosting five discussions in Pori, three of which will take place on MTV3’s stages. The discussion will centre on highly relevant topics featuring well-known Nordic profiles. Join us!

Our debates at SuomiAreena 2022

12 July at 10:00: Languages in the Nordic countries – what’s the role of Swedish in modern Nordic co-operation?

Historically, the Nordic countries have been linked culturally, linguistically, and politically. But how well do we really understand the Scandinavian languages today, and what does that say about our community?


12 July at 13:00: Green digital transition

How will Finland and the Nordic Region succeed in the green digital transition? Finland is the least digitalised country in the Nordic Region: what can we learn from our Nordic and Baltic neighbours?  

Location: MTV-lava, Pori 

13 July at 14:00: Crisis management and crisis preparedness in the Nordic Region

Finland and the Nordic Region have been strongly affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the Nordic countries have been forced to look at the security situation in a completely new way. Where does the Nordic Region stand now? And where are we headed? What measures should the Nordic countries take to ensure peace and stability in our region? 

Location: Kaupungintalon piha, Pori 

13 July at 17:00: The Nordic embrace – is it as warm as we think it is?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered one of the fastest growing refugee crises since World War II. How should we act to receive this new wave of refugees in the best possible way? What can we learn from 2015? And what can we learn from our Nordic neighbours?

Location: Raatihuoneenpuiston lava, Pori

14 July at 08:30: “The Future of Sustainable Construction in the Nordic Region”

The construction industry accounts for about 40 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and most of the emissions come from building materials, construction, and demolition. The good news is that we can do a lot about this, and a lot is already being done in the Nordic Region. 

Location: Café Tori, Pori