President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö met with President of the United States Joseph R. Biden, together with Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson, in the White House on Thursday, 19 May 2022. Photo: Riikka Hietajärvi/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
President Niinistö in Washington: Finland takes the step of NATO membership to strengthen not only its own security, but also wider transatlantic security
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President Niinistö in Washington: Finland takes the step of NATO membership to strengthen not only its own security, but also wider transatlantic security

Statements of President Niinistö, President Biden and Prime Minister Andersson

President Niinistö and Prime Minister Marin at the joint press conference on 15 May 2022. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
President Niinistö after the NATO decision: A new era is opening – the result will be a protected Finland that is part of a stable, strong and responsible Nordic region
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President Niinistö after the NATO decision: A new era is opening – the result will be a protected Finland that is part of a stable, strong and responsible Nordic region

Joint press conference of President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on 15 May 2022

President Niinistö met with US Senate Republican Leader McConnell and Republican senators at Mäntyniemi
Photo: Matti Porre/The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
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President Niinistö met with US Senate Republican Leader McConnell and Republican senators at Mäntyniemi

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö met with US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators John Barrasso, Susan Collins and John Cornyn on Monday, 16 May 2022 in Helsinki. The President and the Senators discussed Finland’s security solutions, US support for Finland’s NATO membership and Russia’s warfare in Ukraine.

Joint statement by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister of Finland on Finland’s NATO membership

Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Prime Minister’s Office
Press release 30/2022
12 May 2022

During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place. Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.

Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.

Sauli Niinistö
President of the Republic of Finland

Sanna Marin
Prime Minister of Finland

From the President’s pen: NATO membership strengthens Finland’s security

From the President’s pen: NATO membership strengthens Finland’s security

“In the fast-paced world, it is more valuable than ever to know when to hurry, and when to have patience”, I said in my New Year’s speech. This spring, we have succeeded well in following this principle in Finland. Together, we have both made haste and shown patience. The Finnish democracy has displayed its unique power.

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President Niinistö’s statement in the White House following the discussions with the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Sweden on 19 May 2022

President Niinistö’s statement in the White House following the discussions with the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Sweden on 19 May 2022

Speech by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö at the Swedish Parliament on 17 May 2022

Speech by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö at the Swedish Parliament on 17 May 2022

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö’s speech at the Akava event “Employment through Wellbeing at Work” on 31 March 2022

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö’s speech at the Akava event “Employment through Wellbeing at Work” on 31 March 2022

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