Independence Day greetings from the President of the Republic of Finland to expatriate Finnish communities, 6 December 2009

Tarja Halonen, Copyright © Tasavallan presidentin kanslia Finland is part of a globalising world. We are a Member State of the European Union and are actively involved in international organisations such as the United Nations. Our economy and civil society organisations have also become increasingly international.

More Finns are moving from one country to another. Living abroad for a longer or shorter period is increasingly part of people's lives. Some leave Finland or come to Finland for work, studies or retirement. People move from one country to another in every stage of life.

You, Finns living abroad, perform important work as ambassadors for Finland and Finnish culture. You play a key role in shaping the image that Finland has in your current living environment. You actively keep in touch with Finland and share your experiences from abroad with us. The work you do abroad and the networks you have created are invaluable. It is important for Finland that your ties to your home country remain strong.

I send you my warmest greetings on the 92nd anniversary of Finland's independence.

Tarja Halonen
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