On 11–12 June 2017, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö hosts the Kultaranta talks, whose theme is ‘the future’. In honour of the centenary of Finland's independence, this theme is discussed from the perspectives of security, politics and economics.
The event begun on Sunday, with a welcoming address by President Niinistö. The future of European security institutions formed the theme of the discussion that follows. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende and Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller joined the discussion. Franҫois Heisbourg, Chair of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Council, was the moderator of this session.
Monday’s programme will involve a discussion on the future of politics in the age of new media influence. The participants will include Antton Rönnholm, Secretary of the SDP; Matias Turkkila, a member of the Finns Party and Executive Editor-in-Chief of Suomen Uutiset; Ulla Appelsin, Editor-in-Chief of Ilta-Sanomat; Riikka Venäläinen, Editor-in-Chief of Yle and Mari K. Niemi, Senior Researcher at the University of Turku. The discussion will be led by reporter Pekka Ervasti
In addition, on Monday the future of the economy, social integrity and global politics will be pondered in smaller working groups.
The Kultaranta talks will end with a discussion between President Niinistö and Nobel Prize winner Professor Bengt Holmström on the challenges facing Finland over the next few years and decades, and their solutions.
Around a hundred participants from various sectors of society have been invited to what will be the fifth Kultaranta talks. The participants include political decision-makers, researchers and representatives of administrative branches, business life, various organisations and the media. The event is being organised in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Yle will broadcast part of the talks live on TV and Yle Areena.