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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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    Poland established diplomatic relations with Finland on 8 March 1919. Finland is an important Polish partner in the Baltic Sea Region and the European Union. Together, we have been developing a high-level political dialogue within the EU and at the level of Baltic Sea regional organizations.

     

    During the visit of the Prime Minister of Finland to Poland on 19 December 2011, the Prime Ministers of both countries, D. Tusk and J. Katainen, signed a j oint communiqué on enhanced cooperation between Poland and Finland. The communiqué provides for closer and more coordinated political and economic cooperation between Warsaw and Helsinki. The following areas of interest were identified: economy, energy sector, information and communication technologies, environment, security, education, EU Eastern neighbourhood.

     

    In 2011, Finland ranked as Poland’s 24th trading partner (EUR 2.5 billion). At the end of 2011 , Poland ranked 11th among Finland’s importers and 15th among countries exporting to Finland. As of the end of 2010, Finland invested EUR 1.3 billion in direct investments in Poland (ranking 17th among Poland’s investors).

     

    The Polish diaspora in Finland is estimated at about 3000 people. The Polish community in Finland is organized around the Polish Society in Helsingfors.

     

    The Education al and Cultural Society of the Polish Diaspora in Helsinki, which is also home to the Polonia Forum Association, promotes Polish language and culture among young people.

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