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Tony Öhberg contributed to this report.
As part of the 100th-anniversary celebrations of Finland’s independence, Prince William will visit Helsinki for two days, November 29th and 30th. The visit probably has political motives for developing trading relations post Brexit because the duke will also go on to visit Norway and Sweden in early 2018.
Unfortunately for us in Finland, Prince William will be on his own because the Duchess of Cambridge is suffering acute morning sickness while expecting their third child. Four years ago, at the height of publicity about the KELA maternity scheme, the Finnish government sent a baby box to the duke and duchess when they were expecting Prince George.
Let’s hope Prince William can brighten up these last few days of a dreary November.
Prince William’s visit will begin with meeting the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Wednesday. Niinistö will receive the duke at the Presidential Palace where he will hold bilateral discussions.
Following the meeting, the duke will visit an ice rink in Helsinki, where he will learn about the activities of Icehearts. Icehearts is an operating model providing long-term professional growth support through team sport for children needing it. In addition, Prince William will attend a reception hosted by Sarah Price, the British ambassador to Finland. The day will end with a dinner held by President Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio at the official residence in Mäntyniemi.
[alert type=white ]The general public will have an opportunity to greet the duke early afternoon on November 30 in the Esplanade Park.[/alert]
On Thursday, the duke will visit the Slush startup and technology event at the Exhibition and Convention Center of Helsinki, where he will attend the opening ceremony and visit Finnish and British companies’ stalls. In addition, the duke will visit a primary school in Helsinki, where accompanied by Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, he will be introduced to innovative learning environments and methods and learn about the KiVa Koulu anti-bullying program.
The general public will have an opportunity to greet the duke early afternoon on Thursday in the Esplanade Park, where he will visit the winter fair Manta’s Market accompanied by Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori and chair of Helsinki City Tuuli Kousa. Following his visit to the Christmas Market, the duke will proceed to the City Hall, where he will attend a luncheon. The duke’s visit to Finland will end with a presentation of the Finnish Air Force at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Daniel, Prince of Sweden and Duke of Västergötland, will visit Slush on Thursday. Prince Daniel has been involved in entrepreneurship since 1997 when he started his own gym in central Stockholm. Today, his fitness companies employ about 100 people.
At Slush, even though not an official speaker, Prince Daniel seeks to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs with Prince Daniel’s Fellowship program. The objective of the program is to present role models and have a dialogue with upper secondary school and university students to contribute long term to a culture that promotes entrepreneurship.
Finland Today will follow the visits of Prince William and Daniel in Helsinki.
Additional sources: The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland, The Swedish Royal Court