Press release 164/2013
12 August 2013
A group of 19 young journalists, invited to Finland by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, will meet Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb on Tuesday 13 August and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on Wednesday 14 August. The meetings are part of the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP), organised by the Ministry, where young foreign journalists and journalism students get acquainted with Finland and the Finnish society during the month of August.
The programme has been arranged almost annually since 1990. The aim of the programme is to provide the participants with as broad perspective on Finland as possible, establish a positive and understanding attitude towards Finland among them, and to increase the interest of the programme participants in Finland. In the longer term, the programme is an investment in future media relations as part of the Ministry’s public diplomacy work.
This year the programme, running from 5 to 30 August, will be attended by journalists from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Spain, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Portugal, Poland, France, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Vietnam and the United States.
During the programme, the attendants will meet with Finland’s political leadership and influential people in Finnish society, visit business enterprises and organisations representing various fields, and make field trips in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Turku and Rovaniemi. Furthermore, the programme includes one workday in a Finnish media house and a weekend as a guest of a Finnish family.
In their meeting with Minister Stubb, the FCP participants will learn about topical EU issues and hear a briefing on the current situation of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement negotiations.
In the meeting with Minister Tuomioja, the topics will include the topical issues in the Finnish foreign policy and the global situation in general.
The progress of the programme can be followed on the FCP’s Facebook page and blog, where the participants report about their experiences of Finland during the programme.
Additional information: First Secretary Anna Yletyinen, tel. +358 40 505 6642, firstname.lastname@example.org