Prime Minister Rinne met the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Government Communications Department 19.8.2019 20.58 | Published in English on 20.8.2019 at 11.24
Press release 405/2019

On Monday 19 August, Prime Minister Rinne met his Icelandic colleague Katrín Jakobsdóttir, right after his arrival in Reykjavik to attend the Nordic Prime Ministers’ meeting.

On the agenda in the discussions of the two Prime Ministers was cooperation between Finland and Iceland in the Arctic Council, where Iceland now holds the Chairmanship. The topics also included Nordic leadership in combatting climate change, which is one of the main themes of the Prime Ministers’ informal summer meeting.

Prime Minister Rinne told his colleague about Finland’s current Presidency of the Council of the EU. The two Prime Ministers exchanged views about Brexit, as Iceland also has to prepare for its impacts, and discussed transatlantic relations and security issues.
“The Nordic countries must join forces to strengthen the multilateral system and also take the message of what it means to the United States, a key partner for all of us,” Prime Minister Rinne said. “In the even more critical global political situation the kind of society we have in the Nordic countries is an important strength.”

On Tuesday 20 August, the programme continues with the traditional informal summer meeting of the Nordic Prime Ministers, this year also attended by Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

Inquiries: Lauri Voionmaa, Special Adviser, tel. +358 50 421 0422, Dimitri Qvintus, Special Adviser, tel. +358 50 574 0956 and Päivi Anttikoski, Director of Government Communications, tel. +358 40 536 4821, Prime Minister’s Office