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2019 Embassy Activities Round-Up

Education, Innovation and Sustainability from Finland

Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni (6th from right) visited Singapore 13-15 November during the SFFxSWITCH Week 2019

In 2019, the Embassy of Finland’s focus has been circular economy, promoted in cooperation with other Finnish Embassies in Southeast Asia. Finland was the first country to develop a national circular economy roadmap committing to a greener future for everyone. Finnish waste-to-value solutions, technologies for smart buildings and energy efficiency are especially suitable to Singapore and the region. In addition to circular economy, Finland continues to promote health technologies, education and science cooperation and smart city solutions among others.

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union focused on ‘Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future’. To support the presidency’s sustainability priorities, the Embassy introduced so-called challenges for adapting more sustainable habits by committing to Meatless Mondays and Green Meetings. The objective was to decrease our carbon footprint by reassessing our daily practices individually and by community action.

The Embassy promoting higher education study opportunities in Study in Europe fair.

The Embassy of Finland continues to promote Finland’s globally renowned education expertise.  During the year, the Embassy has arranged delegations and events to discuss lifelong learning, student-centeredness, importance of play and digitalization of education. The Embassy also promoted higher education study opportunities in Study in Europe fair.


To promote trade and business collaboration, the Embassy of Finland participated in the Singapore Fintech Festival and Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology together with some 25 Finnish companies. The event week showcased Finnish expertise in the fields of fintech, health tech, smart cities and circular economy to more than 60 000 participants from 140 countries. Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni visited Singapore during the week. Minister Kulmuni met with Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communication and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations as well as Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Lam Pin Min. Minister Kulmuni’s visit highlighted Finnish know-how and promoted business and innovation cooperation between Finland and Singapore.

Throughout the year, the Embassy has been engaged in active cooperation with the Nordic Innovation House in Singapore. Together with the other Nordic embassies in Singapore, the Embassy of Finland contributed in organizing the first-ever Nordic Film Festival, featuring altogether eight Nordic movies. A Finnish comedy ‘Heavy Trip’ was the opening film and the festival ended in the jointly organized ‘We Love the Nordics Party’ at HUONE Singapore. Highlighting the end of the year the Nordic Embassies shared a slice of Nordic festive cheer with Nordic Christmas at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome featuring Santa Claus Village from Rovaniemi, Finland.