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President Kaljulaid: co-operation between Estonia and Finland is so much more than Talsinki

During the state visit, the President of the Republic visited Tampere where she met with city leaders and paid a visit to the local university of technology. The Head of State also took part in a discussion regarding co-operation between the university, local government and enterprises.

President Kaljulaid spoke at the meeting with Tampere city government that while the two nations and people were linked by language only a couple of decades ago, mutual relations and traffic have changed so much now that, figuratively speaking, language and culture are the only differences on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. "And the co-operation is much more extensive than simply between Tallinn and Helsinki," said the Head of State, who emphasised the close co-operation between the towns of Tartu and Tampere and their universities.

The President of the Republic began her state visit to the Republic of Finland yesterday. This morning the Head of State paid a visit to Latokartano School in Helsinki. The visit will be completed by a reception by Ambassador Margus Laidre and Mrs Tiina Laidre in the Estonian Embassy.

The official delegation that accompanies the Head of State also includes the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, Marko Mihkelson; a member of the Committee of European Affairs, Kalle Palling; the Minister of Education and Research, Mailis Reps; the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Urve Palo; the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras; the Rector of Tallinn University of Technology, Jaak Aaviksoo; Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ,Toomas Luman; as the head of the business delegation, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Viljar Lubi; Director General of the Information System Authority, Taimar Peterkop; and the Chairman of the Estonian Reserve Officers' Association, Captain Andre Lilleleht. President Kaljulaid is accompanied by a business delegation of 41 members.

A state visit is the highest level visit by the President of the Republic and takes place at the official invitation of the hosting country. Separate programmes for ministers, Commander of the Defence Forces, business delegation, etc. were organised within the framework of the state visit.


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