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Philip Hammond, the British foreign secretary, visits Alexander Stubb, the prime minister of Finland, at the premier’s official residence Kesäranta, in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday January 8 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

HELSINKI – The British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, arrived in Finland for his working visit on Thursday morning.

He stepped inside the prime minister’s official residence Kesäranta, was happy to take his coat off after the snow showers and meet with the Finnish premier, Alexander Stubb, over breakfast.

“Porridge, anyone?” Stubb asked, smiling.

The meeting will focus on the EU. The foreign secretary’s main intention during the visit is to explain to Finland Britain’s objectives and views concerning the EU as a part of prime minister David Cameron’s cabinet’s efforts to clarify the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Other topics of discussion will include questions related to Russia and Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East.

Later on Thursday, Hammond will also meet with foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja and minister of economic affairs Jan Vapaavuori.

The visit to Helsinki is a part of his tour of the EU countries’ capitals. His next stop after Finland will be Lithuania.


Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary of Britain. Hammond was appointed foreign secretary in the summer of 2014. Before that, he served as secretary of state for defence. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today