President Niinistö will exchange thoughts with the students at the University of Lapland

21.4.2021 9:00

On Wednesday, April 21, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö will discuss great power politics with the students at the University of Lapland. The event is part of a tour of three universities, with the President paving the way for the upcoming Kultaranta Talks.

The tour opens with a discussion with the University of Lapland students. The virtual event will be held on Wednesday 21 April at 11 am - 12 noon. The discussion is open to everyone, but only students can ask questions.

At the University of Lapland, the topic of discussion is the policies of the great powers with the title “Great power politics is intensifying: How do we safeguard Finland?”.

Students of political science and international law at the University of Lapland will participate in the discussion. The event will be moderated by Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications at the Arctic Centre. At the beginning of the discussion, President Niinistö will give a short introduction to the theme of the event.

– It is great that the highest state bodies want to hear what students have to say because we will definitely have something to say and plenty of questions, says Iikka Sorvali, President of the Kosmos Buran Political Science and Sociology Students' Society at the University of Lapland.

The discussion series will continue on April 26 at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT and on April 28 at Aalto University. The topics of the discussions are climate change and the international economy.

You can follow the talks at the University of Lapland live at A video recording of the discussion will be published later on at the Office of the President of the Republic’s website.

Press release of the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

More information on the event at the University of Lapland:

Eveliina Pennanen
Head of Communications
University of Lapland
Phone +358 40 659 8060

Petri Koikkalainen
Associate Professor, Political Sciences
University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences
Phone +358 50 544 7442