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Finland 100: Regional visit to Lappland: Inari and Tervola

6–7 February 2017

 President Niinistö greeted representatives of the Sámi Parliament in Sajos on 6 February. Shaking hands with Heikki Paltto, I vice Chair of the Sámi Parliament; Nilla Tapiola, member of the Sámi Parliament; Anni-Helena Ruotsala, Director of Administration; and Pia Ruotsala, Executive Director of Sajos. Topical issues concerning the Sámi were discussed. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland Meeting with Mayor of Inari Pentti Tarvainen, Chair of the Town Council Anu Avaskari, and County Governor of the Region of Lapland Mika Riipi at the Sajos library. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 The presidential couple met with children before the SuomiSápmi 100+100 celebration at Sajos in Inari. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 The presidential couple met with children before the SuomiSápmi 100+100 celebration at Sajos in Inari. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 The presidential couple met with children before the SuomiSápmi 100+100 celebration at Sajos in Inari. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Sámi-language rappers Ailu Valle and Amoc Suomi perform at the #Sápmi 100+100 celebration. “If you are interested in rap after your presidential term, you are welcome to join our act!,” said Ailu Valle. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 ‘Buori sámi álbmotbeaivvi!’ – Happy Sámi National Day! – said President Niinistö at the SuomiSápmi 100+100 celebration. “The cultural heritage has been cherished and its traditions passed down to new generations. In addition, today's Sámi culture, which cuts across a range of art forms, is both unique and contemporary,” said the President. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Veikko Guttor, Chairman of the Board of the Sámi Education Institute, and lecturer Outi Länsman present President Niinistö with a knife. In keeping with tradition, the President gave a coin in return “lest they become enemies,” said Veikko Guttorm. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 The presidential couple patted reindeer in the yard of Sajos. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Upon Mrs Jenni Haukio’s arrival at the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida, Maia Risten Aikio and Eetu Kantola presented her with a bouquet. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Mrs Haukio greets children who have come to meet her in the yard of Siida. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Robert, 8 months, and his parents greet the President. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Nils-Henrik Valkeapää, Chairman of the Sámi Museum Foundation, at Siida presenting a photography exhibition telling the story of the village of Raittijärvi. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Media interview at the Sámi Museum Siida. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Chairman Pekka T. Alanen (left) and Executive Manager Eki Karlsson (right) present the activities of Suomen Latu (the Finnish Outdoor Association) at the Kiilopää Fell Centre. Exercise in Finland and encouraging Finns to get off the sofa were discussed in the Maahinen turf hut. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Testing out snowshoes as part of Suomen Latu’s (the Finnish Outdoor Association’s) activities at the Kiilopää Fell Centre. Head Guide Pekka Kulha describing the route. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Mrs Jenni Haukio greeted the 100-year-old Hilda Kukkola at the main library in Inari. Kukkola was the oldest person interviewed for the Tarinoiden Inari (Tales of Inari) audio archive. The archive, of which Mrs Haukio is the patron, includes thousands of stories by locals and is freely available online. Photo: Katja Keckman/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Male choir Ivalon laulumiehet performed Inarinmaa (words and music by Martti Salo) for Mrs Haukio at Inari’s main library. Photo: Katja Keckman/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 The second day of the regional tour of Lapland began with a public meeting in Tervola. Almost a thousand people, from small children to senior citizens, had gathered in the yard of the Lapinniemi school building. 
 In his address, President Niinistö congratulated Tervola on its 150th anniversary. “By all measures that I have seen, Finland is in the top ten countries. We are the world's most stable country. We are among the best performers in terms of know-how, innovativeness, happiness, and in pretty well everything else.” Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Selfies were in high demand in Tervola too. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Tervola has cause for a double celebration. Tervola will turn 150 and Finland 100 in 2017. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Coffee tasted good in the mild frost. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Mrs Jenni Haukio had the opportunity for a close encounter with Finnsheep at the Vanhala sheep farm in Tervola. Photo: Katja Keckman/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Various handicraft products are made from sheep’s wool at the Vanhala sheep farm. Entrepreneur Johanna Alamikkotervo explained that woollen trousers for adults have been an online hit product for many years. Photo: Katja Keckman/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 President Niinistö was introduced to the sawmill and planing mill, Tervolan Saha ja Höyläämö Oy. The hosts during the visit were the owners Juha and Lea Kokkonen Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 In the sawmill's control room. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
 Second World War veteran Mauno Vuokila, who founded the sawmill 60 years ago and, at 98, is Tervola’s oldest resident, attended a coffee reception held at the sawmill. Company employees are pictured in the background. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
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