100 years of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Finland

100 years of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Finland

Tuesday 26 January 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Finland and Latvia. Finland was the first Nordic country to recognise de jure Latvia’s independence on 26 January 1921. A multitude of special events will take place in Finland and in Latvia throughout this year to commemorate the occasion.

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The Foreign Ministers of the two countries, Pekka Haavisto and Edgars Rinkēvičs, have today celebrated the anniversary by posting a joint message on the Twitter messaging service.

A live discussion on the ties between Finland and Latvia in the inter-war period will be hosted by the Latvian Embassy in Finland on its Facebook websiteLink to another website.(Opens New Window) on 4 February 2021 at 10–12 am. The event will be opened by the two Foreign Ministers, Pekka Haavisto and Edgars Rinkēvičs. On the same day, 4 February 2021, the University of Oulu, Finland, will host a virtual seminarLink to another website.(Opens New Window) on the relations between the two countries in the early 1900s and in the inter-war period.

As the other Nordic countries will similarly be celebrating the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations with Latvia in early February, joint Nordic celebrations will be held in Riga within the limits imposed by the current coronavirus situation.

Inquiries: Anu Korppi, Desk Officer, Unit for Northern Europe, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Margarita Feizaka, Latvian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Communications group, e-mail [email protected]

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