The discussions between the President and the Governor General will focus on bilateral relations between Finland and Canada, security issues, climate change and Arctic cooperation. The day ends with a state dinner hosted by President Niinistö and Dr. Haukio at the Presidential Palace.
Governor General Mary Simon will also meet the Prime Minister during her visit Sanna Marin and the first deputy speaker of the parliament Antti Rinne. In addition, the Governor General’s program includes laying a wreath at the Hietaniemi cemetery, a visit to Yrityskylä’s learning environment for young people in Helsinki-Vantaa, and a meeting with Sámi youth.
President Niinistö and Governor General Simon will visit Rovaniemi in northern Finland on Thursday, February 9. At the Arctic Science Center, the President and the Governor General participate in a panel discussion on the effects of climate change in the Arctic region. The program continues with an introduction to the teaching of the Sami language at Ylikylä elementary school and a visit to the Lapland Air Force.
President Niinistö made a state visit to Canada in October 2014.
Source: Office of the President of the Republic
Source: The Nordic Page