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Prime Minister Alexander Stubb to host Northern Future Forum in Helsinki

19.9.2014 11.00 (muokattu 3.11.2014 13.50)   |   1
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Prime Minister Alexander Stubb to host Northern Future Forum in Helsinki
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has invited the prime ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic states and the United Kingdom to discuss future trends in northern Europe at the Northern Future Forum seminar, to be held in Helsinki on 6-7 November. The themes of the meeting are the competitiveness of education systems and the promotion of innovative business activity.

The Northern Future Forum, which has proved to be a successful concept in previous years, will bring together for the fourth time in an informal setting the prime ministers of nine countries as well as business leaders and experts. Finland, this year’s host country, wishes to stimulate debate on means to create new, innovative business activity and reform education systems. Finland has strong expertise in both sectors. All of the countries participating in the event are facing common challenges, which include the need to balance public sector finances, digitalisation, and the intensification of international competition.

“Economic growth and wellbeing arise from business activity, the strengthening and diversification of which represent a key challenge for all the northern European countries. Here in Finland and also elsewhere in Europe, successful business activity will increasingly depend on expertise and a high level of education. Therefore I consider that the two themes of the event have a number of interesting points in common,” says Prime Minister Stubb.

“Finland has much to offer in both fields, but has also much to learn from others. I look forward with interest to an open and inspiring discussion on these themes.”

The seminar will be held in the premises of the internationally respected Startup Sauna business accelerator on Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus. It will be possible to follow the event’s opening speeches, closing session and press conference by webcast.

The members of the Northern Future Forum met for the first time in London in January 2011. The seminar has also been held in Stockholm and Riga.

Further information: Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Special Adviser (International Affairs), tel. +358 40 7483 867, and Pekka Sinko, Secretary General of the Economic Council, tel. +358 295 160 189, Prime Minister’s Office

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