The National Day of Finland was celebrated at EXPO

20 June

The National Day of Finland was celebrated at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017, website reports. The celebrations were attended by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Finnish leader Sauli Niinistö.

According to the press service of Akorda, during the visit, the presidents of the two countries got acquainted with the expositions of the National pavilion of Finland and inspected the exhibition pavilion of Kazakhstan, located in the "Nur Alem”  complex.The heads of state also held bilateral talks at the site of the Congress Centre of the exhibition complex.

"Our relations can be described as exemplary. We repeatedly meet at various world venues. Finland supported us in choosing the venue of EXPO 2017, as well as in obtaining the status of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Kazakhstan also always supports Finland in the international arena,” said Nazarbayev, thanking Niinistö for his personal visit and participation in the opening of the pavilion of Finland.

Kazakh leader, stressing the importance of developing bilateral relations, expressed interest in strengthening relations in such areas as industry, pharmaceuticals, information technologies, education and medicine.

In turn, the President of Finland expressed his gratitude to Nazarbayev for the meeting and noted the role of Kazakhstan in resolving current global and regional issues.

"I am always interested in your opinion on not only bilateral relations, but also on global issues. Now, almost the entire world is following the process of negotiations in Kazakhstan. In particular, these are the Syrian talks on the Astana platform," Niinistö said.

The Finnish leader thanked his Kazakhstani counterpart for a personal visit to the National pavilion and invited him to pay a visit to Finland.

It should be noted that Finnish Santa Claus - Joulupukki has arrived in Astana from Finland. He will stay in Astana until June 22.

Let us remind, an extensive delegation of representatives of the KFEIG Consortium takes part in the work of the Finnish pavilion of international exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. It includes the four largest technical universities in Finland - Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna University of Applied Sciences(HAMK),Tampere Adult Education Centre and Lahti University of Applied Sciences.

The Finns decided to reproduce the effect of the Northern Lights in their pavilion, as well as to demonstrate their advanced developments in the field of agricultural technology, to present an alternative to air conditioners for apartments and to tell about the methods of eco-friendly wood house construction. The walls of the Finnish pavilion at EXPO are partially covered with moss.

After the exhibition, Finland will take part in the creation of the park of IT startups based on EXPO 2017 facilities.

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