President of the Republic of Korea to pay state visit to Finland

Office of the President of the Republic
Press release 14/2019
29 May 2019

President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will pay a state visit to Finland with his spouse Kim Jung-sook on 9-11 June 2019. The visit will be hosted by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö together with Mrs Jenni Haukio.

President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio will receive the guests at an official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Monday 10 June. The public may follow the welcoming ceremony from the Market Square at around 10 a.m. (weather permitting).

After the welcoming ceremony, the Presidents will hold their official discussions. Topics will include bilateral relations between Finland and the Republic of Korea, regional issues and global multilateral cooperation. Following their discussions, the Presidents will hold a joint press conference.

President Moon Jae-in´s programme on Monday will also include a lunch provided by the City of Helsinki, a meeting with the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament and a visit to Aalto University. Mrs Kim Jung-sook will visit the New Children’s Hospital and Design Museum with Mrs Jenni Haukio. The day will conclude with a gala dinner hosted by President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio in the Presidential Palace.

On Tuesday 11 June, President Moon Jae-in will meet the Prime Minister at his Official Residence, Kesäranta. He will also speak in a business forum at Paasitorni Congress Centre together with President Niinistö and lay a wreath at the Hietaniemi Cemetery.

The previous presidential visit from South Korea to Finland took place in 2006 when President Tarja Halonen hosted the state visit by President Roh Moo-hyun. President Niinistö last visited South Korea when he attended the international Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in 2012.