Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 19/2023
17 May 2023
President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will host the Kultaranta Talks on 18–19 June 2023 at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. This year the foreign and security policy event is entitled ”Tougher competition, deeper divisions – How will Finland respond to new global challenges?”.
The talks will begin on Sunday 18 June with an address by President Niinistö and a discussion on the global geopolitical situation, great power competition and Finland’s position.
On Monday 19 June, there will be three panel discussions on the following topics: The new era of geopolitics and a dividing world, Finland as a militarily allied country, and global technology competition and security. Panellists will be announced closer to the event.
About a hundred participants from various sectors of society will be invited to the event. Participants include policymakers, researchers, representatives of government, business, civil society organisations and the media. The talks will exceptionally take place in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, as the park and main building of the Presidential Summer Residence Kultaranta in Naantali will be out of use until 2024 due to renovation work.
The Finnish Broadcasting Company will broadcast the event live on Yle TV1 and Yle Areena.