A Meeting with the Finnish President

September 25, 2017


SSM students meet with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö during special luncheon event in Minneapolis.

A group of Shattuck-St. Mary’s students shared an audience with His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, president of the Republic of Finland, during a special event sponsored by Global Minnesota and the Economic Club of Minnesota on Friday, September 22. 

Barkat Sikder ’17, Alex Gilbertson ’18, Juho Moilanen ’18, and Max Myllyniemi ’18 attended the luncheon event, which took place in celebration of Finland’s 100th year of independence.

Since becoming an independent state in 1917, Finland has succeeded in building and maintaining a stable, democratic society. The event covered how creativity–the freedom to discover and try new ideas–has been key to Finland’s economic and intellectual success. 

Niinistö was elected as the 12th President of Finland and has held that office since 2012. Prior to his election, he served as Minister of Finance and as the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, in addition to several other roles in public service.

Students had the opportunity to meet Minnesota Wild standout and Finnish native Mikael Granlund, who was also in attendance.