President Niinistö visited Porvoo and inspected Defence Forces’ local defence exercise

President Niinistö inspected the local defence exercise Kehä 1/22, led by the Guard Jaeger Regiment. Also pictured are General Timo Kivinen, Commander of the Defence Forces, and Vesa Sundqvist, District Director, National Defence Training Association of Finland (MPK). Photo: Lotta Laaksonen / Guard Jaeger Company

“The figures showing the willingness of reservists and other Finns to be involved in some way in national defence work are now at a peak,” said President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö during his visit to Porvoo on Thursday, 10 March 2022.

At the beginning of the visit, President Niinistö inspected the Guard Jaeger Regiment’s local defence exercise Kehä 1/22. The President reviewed the activities of the local battalion and had discussions with Defence Forces personnel and the various authorities and reservists participating in the exercise.

President Niinistö said that the attitude of those participating in the exercise was impressive: “Will. The attitude of the participants. The will to perform one’s duties and be involved in national defence.” The objective of the exercise, held on 6–11 March, is to develop the operating capabilities of local forces and to drill inter-authority cooperation.

After the inspection, President Niinistö met with representatives of the City of Porvoo at the City Hall. The meeting focused on current issues in the Porvoo region. With members of Porvoo Youth Council, the President discussed the activities of the Council and issues concerning the everyday life and wellbeing of young people. The Youth Council has 24 members and they represent Porvoo’s schools, educational institutions and other young people’s groups.