Nordic and Arctic cooperation, as well as the Finland-Iceland relation, are among the topics of conversation on Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (Social Democrats) agenda for her visit to Iceland this week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Marin will attend meetings with Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir (Left-Green) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thórdís Kolbrún Reykjfjörd Gylfadóttir (Independence Party). This year marks the 75th anniversary of the countries' diplomatic relation.
In connection with the aforementioned topics, the ministers will also discuss the Ukraine war, the security situation in Europe, and future Finnish NATO membership.
On Tuesday, Prime Ministers Marin and Jakobsdóttir participated in a debate by the University of Iceland about topical challenges for the North, Europe, and other regions.
From the new year, Iceland will take over the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers from Norway. The title of the Icelandic program is "The Nordic Region - A Force for Peace". Iceland will work for a green, competitive, and socially sustainable Nordic Region, and highlight the importance of peace as the prerequisite for welfare, human rights, and environmental protection.
This program overlaps with the other topics of conversation during Marin's visit to Iceland. She will also visit businesses in Grandi, Reykjavik's old port area.
In October, Finland's President Sauli Niinistö (National Coalition Party) visited Iceland. The Nordic cooperation has proven to be more than excellent, he stated then. (Only in Norwegian)