12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 08:52
On behalf of the United States government, I congratulate the people of Finland on the 101st anniversary of your independence.
In 2019, the United States and Finland will celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations and I am proud to say that our partnership is as strong as ever. We commend Finland for standing up and hosting the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) to support its work to increase preparedness, build resilience, and defend against hostile state influence activities. As a founding participating state, the United States is committed to the Hybrid CoE's mission and to continuing our important partnership with Finland in this arena.
The United States and Finland share a deep commitment to democracy and human rights and partner on many issues, including the Arctic, regional and global security, and strengthening the economic and people-to-people ties between our great nations. The binational Fulbright Finland Foundation is one the strongest Fulbright programs in the world ensuring that the long history of exchange between our people will continue to grow.
Hyvaa itsenaisyyspaivaa! We look forward to the next 100 years of prosperity and growth in our U.S.-Finnish relationship.