Norwegian royals to visit Finland in September

King Harald and Queen Sonja in Trondheim, Norway on June 23. Image: Ole Martin Wold / EPA
King Harald and Queen Sonja in Trondheim, Norway on June 23. Image: Ole Martin Wold / EPA

Norwegian King Harald and his wife Queen Sonja are to arrive in Finland for a three-day state visit in September. The royal couple will be accompanied by several Norwegian government ministers.

Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja are to embark on a state visit to Finland from September 6 – 8.

According to the office of President Sauli Niinistö, the royal couple will visit Helsinki and Oulu. The royal entourage will include several Norwegian government ministers.

The visit comes at the invitation of President Niinistö and his wife, Jenni Haukio. Niinistö’s last state visit to Norway was in October 2012.

Putin due for working visit Friday

Meanwhile President Vladimir Putin is also scheduled to visit Finland on Friday, July 1, also following an invitation by President Niinistö. The heads of state will meet at Niinistö’s summer residence, Kultaranta.

Their discussions are expected to focus on bilateral relations as well as topical global issues, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the situation in Syria and the Middle East.

Sources Yle