Stem cell pioneer and open source software engineer are 2012 Millennium Technology Prize laureates
Technology Academy Finland has declared Linus Torvalds and Dr Shinya Yamanaka, laureates of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize, an award for technological innovation. The laureates will be celebrated at a ceremony in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday 13 June, when the winner of the Grand Prize will be announced. The prize pool exceeds EUR 1 Million.
President Niinistö to official visit to Estonia
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and his spouse will be travelling to Estonia on an official visit on Wednesday 25 April. President Niinistö will be having bilateral discussions with the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, at the Presidential Palace in Kadriorg. He will also be meeting Ene Ergma, Speaker of the Estonian Parliament, and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.
Diplomatic mission cooperation discussed in Foreign Ministers meeting between Finland and Estonia
Aspirations to increase cooperation in Finland's and Estonia's diplomatic mission network were brought up when the Foreign Ministers of the two countries met in Helsinki on 30 March. Foreign Minister Tuomioja and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet agreed on placing a Finnish diplomat in the Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to visit Finland
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Paet will visit Finland on Friday 30 March at the invitation of Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. He will also meet President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb.
Presidential Inauguration on 1 March 2012
Sauli Väinämö Niinistö, the 12th President of the Republic of Finland, was inaugurated on Thursday 1 March 2012. At a plenary session of Parliament, President Niinistö made the solemn declaration specified in section 56 of the Constitution of Finland, affirming that in the execution of his office as President he will sincerely and faithfully observe the Constitution and laws of the Republic and to the best of his ability promote the success of the Finnish people.
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