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Nordic Day 2024: The Nordic Region – Stronger Together

22.03.24 | Viðburður
Finland and the other Nordic countries are closer to each other than ever before. How well are we doing in a world overshadowed by the climate crisis and security situation? How resilient and united are we, and can culture and our Nordic values play a more visible role in building resilience?


09:30 - 12:30

Helsingfors stadshus
Norra Esplanaden 11-13
00170 Helsingfors


NB! 09:30–12:30 GMT+2 /08:30–12:30 CET



09:30 Breakfast

10:00 Welcome, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Anni Sinnemäki.

10:05–10:15 Opening speech: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Elina Valtonen.

10:15-10:55 How well is the Nordic Region doing?
Panel discussion with the Nordic ambassadors. Challenges and opportunities – toward a safer, greener and freer Nordic Region.

  • The Swedish Ambassador, Nicola Clase
  • The Icelandic Ambassador, Harald Aspelund
  • Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy. Svenn J. Bjerkem
  • The Danish Ambassador, Jakob Nymann-Lindegren
  • The Minister for Education and for Nordic Co-operation, Anna-Maja Henriksson

Moderator: Kirsi Heikel, former Nordic correspondent for Yle.

10:55–11:00 Cellist Lukas Stasevsky Finnish-Ukrainian Lukas Stasevsky is known for making music in war-torn Ukraine.

11:00–11:35 Culture, Trust, Democracy – Nordic Keys in Times of Crisis?
Panel discussion about our strengths and the challenges our societies face on the path to greater resilience.

  • Sari Multala, Minister of Science and Culture
  • Sixten Korkman, economist, professor emeritus and social commentator.
  • Gunvor Kronman, CEO Hanaholmen, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre
  • Lukas Stasevsky, cellist and documentary filmmaker

Moderator: Mikko Haapanen, journalist, Yle.

11:35–11:45 Cultural feature: Santeri Helinheimo-Mäntylä, actor. Santeri is part of the Swedish Now network of artists who tour schools and talks about the doors the Swedish language has opened for him.

11:45-12:00 Reaching across language boundaries. The Language Ambassadors, Swedish Now, Info Norden, Nordic Culture Point, the Youth League of the Finnish Norden Association, the Norden Association in Finland, Nordplus.

12:00 Closing remarks. Niina Aagard, Head of Communications, the Nordic Council of Ministers.

12:00–12:30 Mingle and sandwiches.

See the livestream here

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