The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, together with the Embassy of Hungary, Helsinki, launched a book titled „Suomi/Finland 100” on 5th March 2018 at the premises of IFAT.
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, together with the Embassy of Hungary, Helsinki, launched a book titled „Suomi/Finland 100” on 5th March 2018 at the premises of IFAT. The discussion was led by H.E. Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczy, Hungary’s Ambassador accredited to Finland and Mr György Urkuti, PhD, Head of the 2nd European Bilateral Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The event started with opening remarks by Ambassador Márton Schőberl, Director of IFAT.
As mentioned by Ambassador Szalay-Bobrovniczky, the aim of the book is to pay tribute to the centennial anniversary of the Finnish statehood. The volume is composed of personal recollections and more professional writings, translated into both Finnish and Hungarian, thus introducing the reader to the diplomatic relations of the two countries in a unique way.
Mr Urkuti called attention to the fact that although the physical distance between Finland and Hungary is large, the cultural and emotional connections are diverse, of which he was convinced several times during his professional career. The Head of Department, who spent longer periods of time in Finland during his external service, furthermore highlighted that although the exceptionally strong ties of the two countries experienced in the seventies and eighties are loosened, today’s task is to redefine the relationship within the context of the European Union.
The personal discussion also covered the topic of the common Finno-Ugric roots, emphasizing the role of cultural diplomacy in strengthening the relationship between Finland and Hungary.