Kultaranta Talks

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the concluding session of the Kultaranta Talks. Photo: Matti Porre / Office of the President of the Republic
The 2020 Kultaranta Talks focus on life after the coronavirus pandemic: Every hiatus is an opportunity for reorientation
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The 2020 Kultaranta Talks focus on life after the coronavirus pandemic: Every hiatus is an opportunity for reorientation

President Niinistö at the Kultaranta Talks media event: Will coronavirus unite or separate us?
Photo: Matti Porre/The Office of the President of the Republic
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President Niinistö at the Kultaranta Talks media event: Will coronavirus unite or separate us?

The 2020 Kultaranta Talks weekend began on Friday, 22 May with President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö’s media event. President Niinistö spoke about the coming talks with reporters, who participated in the event via video links.

Kultaranta Talks prepared with video conferences – virtual working groups address geopolitics, economy and society in the post-coronavirus world
The discussion on world politics. From upper left: Professor Stephen Kotkin, Unit Director Sini Paukkunen,Minister Jaakko Iloniemi and the Chair of the working group, Professor Hiski Haukkala. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
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Kultaranta Talks prepared with video conferences – virtual working groups address geopolitics, economy and society in the post-coronavirus world

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö with host of Kultaranta Talks Yle’s Rosa Kettumäki and Antti Sahlström. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Kultaranta Talks 2020: After corona – What kind of Finland? In what kind of a world?
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Kultaranta Talks 2020: After corona – What kind of Finland? In what kind of a world?

Speech by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the opening of the Kultaranta Talks in Kultaranta, Finland, on 16 June 2019

“It is wonderful to be back in Finland! My wife and I have great memories of our state visit to Finland last September that took us to Helsinki and Oulu. But we were not able to see all the beauty of your country. Thank you, Sauli, for bringing us to Kultaranta, this magnificent place, and on one of the longest nights of the year.”

Photo: Juhani Kandell/Tasavallan presidentin kanslia
The change in Europe was discussed on the first day of Kultaranta Talks: “The most central question is, what do we have in common?”
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The change in Europe was discussed on the first day of Kultaranta Talks: “The most central question is, what do we have in common?”

Opening session: The Future of Europe (in English) - Opening remarks by President Niinistö, keynote speech by Federal President of Germany Steinmeier & discussion

The future of democracy provoked discussion at the concluding session in Kultaranta
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The future of democracy provoked discussion at the concluding session in Kultaranta

Common denominators were looked for on the second day of Kultaranta Talks
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Common denominators were looked for on the second day of Kultaranta Talks

The second day of the Kultaranta Talks on 17 June took off with a panel discussion on European security and its makers. The topic was approached from the point of view of the similarities and differences between the European countries.

Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Finland and Kultaranta Talks
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President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Finland and Kultaranta Talks

Program of the Kultaranta Talks 2019

Sunday 16 June 2019

16.00-16.25
Press Conference of the President of the Republic

On Yle Arena (in Finnish)

18.00-19.30
Opening: The Future of Europe (in English)

On Yle Arena (in English)

Opening remarks by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö (in English)
Keynote speech by Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier (in English)

Discussion of the Presidents
Q & A

Monday 17 June 2019

9.30–11.00
Panel discussion: Finland – a provider of European security? (in Finnish)

On Yle Arena

Moderator: Olli Seuri, Journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

Panelists:

Antti Rinne, Prime Minister of Finland (Social Democratic Party)
Jussi Halla-aho, Leader of the Finns Party
Mika Aaltola. Programme Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Anna-Liina Kauhanen, Berlin Correspondent for the Helsingin Sanomat daily newspaper

14.30–16.00
Concluding session: Politics in disruption – will democracy persist? (in Finnish)

On Yle Arena

Moderator: Olli Seuri, journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

Panelists:

Seppo Kääriäinen, Minister
Anu Kantola, Professor at the University of Helsinki
Liisa Jaakonsaari, Chairperson of the Board of the Atlantic Council of Finland
Heikki Aittokoski, Foreign News Reporter for the Helsingin Sanomat daily newspaper

Closing comments by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö
The future of Europe to be discussed in Kultaranta Talks – keynote speech by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
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The future of Europe to be discussed in Kultaranta Talks – keynote speech by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

UN Secretary-General Guterres at Kultaranta Talks 2018: Lack of trust most serious problem facing world today 
Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
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UN Secretary-General Guterres at Kultaranta Talks 2018: Lack of trust most serious problem facing world today 

“I believe that we live in a better world than in any other moment in the past. We live much longer and infant mortality is at a much lower level than before,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his closing remarks at the Kultaranta Talks on Monday, 18 June.

President Niinistö opens Kultaranta Talks: international order facing challenge – concrete action required to change direction 
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President Niinistö opens Kultaranta Talks: international order facing challenge – concrete action required to change direction 

The rules based international order has been a victim of the changes in the global picture, President Niinistö said in his opening remarks at this year’s Kultaranta Talks event on Sunday 17 June 2018.

Program of Kultaranta Talks 2018

See the the program of Kultaranta Talks 2018. You can also watch the video recordings of the sessions.