Finland's 97th independence celebrated in Windhoek

05 Dec 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Finland’s 97th independence day was celebrated in Windhoek on Thursday.
The day, which celebrates Finland’s declaration of independence from the Russian Republic, is observed on 06 December every year, but an early celebratory gala dinner was held in Windhoek yesterday.
Ambassador of Finland to Namibia, Anne Saloranta was the main speaker at the event.
She said Namibia’s Ambassador to Finland, Bonny Haufiku presented his letter of credence to the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinisto on Thursday.
Saloranta said this makes it official that the two countries now have ambassadors accredited and based in both capital cities, Windhoek and Helsinki.
“Today, we celebrate the special milestone and appreciation of the close friendship and partnership that exists between Finland and Namibia,” she said.
Saloranta noted that the Finnish Embassy’s partnership and development cooperation with Namibia has a strong focus on civil society development and public cooperation.
“We believe that a strong private sector is crucial in achieving economic growth and boosting job-creation, a prerequisite for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and paving the way to Namibia’s Vision 2030,” she continued.
Saloranta also took the opportunity to thank her teams in both countries for their enthusiasm and commitment in fostering Finnish-Namibian relations.
“Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Namibia for the peaceful, free and fair elections, based on principles of democracy,” she said.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections took place last Friday.
Namibia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah, was also present at the event, and stated that Namibia is proud of the partnership between the two countries.