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Tony Öhberg


The Earl of Wessex and the countess: Prince Edward and Sophie, are visiting Finland on Monday.

During the week-long programme, their royal highnesses will travel to Helsinki and Lapland, and Prince Edward will visit the Åland Islands.

The earl and countess will also meet President Sauli Niinistö and his spouse, Jenni Haukio.

Other political meetings include a meeting with Piia Viitanen, the minister of culture and housing.

The programme in Helsinki will include a presentation of the International Award for Young People, a youth development programme known in the UK as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

As guests of the Finnish defence forces, Edward and Sophie will see Finnish conscripts undergo Arctic training in Lapland.

In the Åland Islands Prince Edward will call on the speaker of the Åland parliament, meet athletes who will take part in the Island Games in Jersey in 2015, and visit the site of the battle of Bomarsund.

Throughout the visit, their royal highnesses will be accompanied by the British Ambassador to Finland, Ms Sarah Price.