The lean years of the economy and national security were at the forefront of the speech given by President of the Republic to Parliament at the closing of the electoral period at Finlandia Hall on 14 April. The President noted that the past four years have been like dragging a stone-laden sledge uphill, with more stones being added all the time: problems in the Eurozone, ever-weakening economic prospects and the Ukrainian crisis.
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met political leaders of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 12 April. Discussions with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, covered the general regional situation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the situation in Yemen and Iran and international issues, the Ukrainian crisis and Russia.
»Political, economic and cultural cooperation between Finland and Sweden formed the broad focus of a royal state visit by the King and Queen of Sweden from 3 to 5 March. In addition, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia met with young Finns...»
»The Ukrainian crisis and its impacts on European security was the main theme of the Munich Security Conference that President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö attended on 6–8 February. 'The Ukrainian crisis has been a mental shock for all of us. ....»