Finland is part of a globalising world. We are a Member State of the European Union and are actively involved in numerous international organisations, such as the United Nations. Our economy has also undergone a rapid process of internationalisation. Globalisation has brought economic opportunities, but also an increasing set of challenges.
The mobility of people has also increased. People move to and from Finland at all stages of life. For young people, internationality comes naturally. In the years of active employment many people work abroad for a certain period of time or even leave Finland permanently. For some, retirement may entail a move abroad, if only for part of the year.
You, Finns living abroad, are in an important role as ambassadors for Finland and Finnish culture in your own communities. You also bring influences from foreign cultures to Finland, enriching Finnishness. The networks you have created abroad are invaluable. It is important for all of us that your ties to your home country remain strong.
I send you my warmest greetings on the 93rd anniversary of Finland’s independence.
President of the Republic of Finland