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The Speaker leads a delegation to Finland

Published: 18 January 2023 at 15.08

On Monday 16 January, the Speaker Andreas Norlén led a delegation of members of the Riksdag on an official visit to Finland.

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Speaker of the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament) Matti Vanhanen in the Eduskunta Plenary Hall. Photo: The Eduskunta

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Speaker of the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament) Matti Vanhanen in the Eduskunta Plenary Hall. Photo: The Eduskunta

According to tradition, Andreas Norlén's first visit abroad after being re-elected as Speaker went to Finland. The programme included meetings with Speaker Matti Vanhanen, President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. The delegation also met members of the Finnish Parliament: the Chairs of the parliamentary groups and members of the Grand Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Defence Committee.

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the President’s official residence Talludden.

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the President’s official residence Talludden. Photo: The Eduskunta

Topics on the agenda included Nordic and bilateral relations, the countries’ NATO applications, the regional security situation and the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, the forthcoming Finnish elections and the Swedish EU Presidency.

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the Prime Minister's official residence Villa Bjälbo.

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the Prime Minister's official residence Villa Bjälbo. The Eduskunta

The delegation included members of the Riksdag Morgan Johansson (Social Democratic Party), Aron Emilsson (Sweden Democrats), Hans Wallmark (Moderate Party), Kerstin Lundgren (Centre Party) and Secretary-General of the Riksdag Ingvar Mattsson.