President Niinistö to attend Frankfurt Book Fair

Office of the President of the Republic
Press Release 51/2014
2 October 2014

On 6–8 October, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and his spouse Mrs Jenni Haukio will travel to Germany, where they will visit the Frankfurt Book Fair. Meetings with German political and economic leaders will also form part of the President’s programme.

Finland is this year’s theme country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the world’s largest event in the book trade. President Niinistö will speak at the Fair’s opening ceremony on Tuesday 7 October.  The Presidents spouse, Mrs Jenni Haukio, will also attend the Fair and convey her greetings at a Finnish tango evening and a seminar for translators of Finnish literature. The presidential couple will participate in the opening ceremony of the Finnish theme pavilion Finnland. Cool.

Alongside his involvement in the Book Fair’s programme, while in Frankfurt President Niinistö will meet Joachim Gauck, the Federal President of Germany; Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Peter Feldmann, the Mayor of Frankfurt. The German and Finnish presidential couples will also visit the Fair together.

In addition, President Niinistö will meet Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, and will make a speech at a seminar on economic relations between Finland and Germany.