State visit by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to Finland

Office of the President of the Republic
Press release 57/2017
12 October 2017

President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda will pay a state visit to Finland on 23 – 25 October 2017, accompanied by his spouse Mrs Agata Kornhauser- Duda. The visit will be hosted by Mr Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic, with his spouse, Mrs Jenni Haukio. President Niinistö and Mrs Haukio will receive their guests at a welcoming ceremony in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

The agenda for the state visit will include a bilateral discussion between the presidents as well as discussions among a larger group. Themes of the discussions will include political and economic relations between Finland and Poland and topical foreign and security policy questions. A business delegation will travel to Finland with President Duda.

During his visit, President Duda will also meet with Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Maria Lohela and Deputy Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Additionally, he will attend a Finpro organised seminar at Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa on business opportunities between Finland and Poland. President Duda will also visit Santahamina, where he will meet with representatives of the Finnish Defence Forces.

President Niinistö and President Duda have met previously at Arraiolos meetings between European presidents in Bulgaria in 2016 and in Germany in 2015. Additionally, President Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio paid a state visit to Poland in 2015, at which time they met President Bronisław Komorowski. In 2014, at President Komorowski’s invitation, President Niinistö also participated in the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Poland’s independence in Warsaw. The previous presidential visit from Poland to Finland was in 2008, when President Tarja Halonen hosted a state visit by President Lech Kaczyński.