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By Nicholas Norbrook
Posted on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:37

Back row from left, Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, Economic Affairs Minister Katri Kulmuni, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, Minister of Employment Timo Harakka and Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Poysti. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)/AMB802/19157580913356/FINLAND OUT. NO THIRD PARTY SALES./1906061828

Helsinki’s climate may be far from equatorial, but Finland’s interest in Africa is renewed under the administration of Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who came into office in December 2019.

As development cooperation and foreign trade minister Ville Skinnari says: “Finland has a very long-lasting relation with many, many African countries and governments.”

The country’s four-point cooperation agenda encompasses peace and security, trade and the economy, climate and natural resources, and education and expertise.

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