Finland is today part of an increasingly globalised world. We are a Member State of the European Union and we are actively involved in international organisations, such as the United Nations. Our economy and organizations have also become more international as a result of globalisation.
This can be seen in the increased mobility. People move in and out of Finland for work, to study and for their retirement. People move from one country to another during all stages of their lives.
You, Finns abroad, have a central role in influencing what kind of image people will have of Finland. You all do important work as an ambassador for Finland and Finnish culture. You also share your experiences from abroad to Finland, and thus enrich Finnishness. Your work and the networks you have created are invaluable. It is important for Finland that you maintain your ties to your home country.
I send you my warmest greetings on the 91st anniversary of Finland's independence.
President of the Republic of Finland