President Pranab Mukherjee began his two-day state visit to Finland today. The important agreements which would be signed include arrangement for cooperation between the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, Indian Institutes of Technology and Finnish Higher Education Institutions, Department of Bio Technology, and Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation for Cooperation in the field of Biotechnology among others.
Secretary West Navtej Sarna said that, “there will be meetings of the business delegation and the Indian community. There will be a visit to the Parliament of Finland where he meets the Speaker and other Parliamentarians. He will also lay a wreath at the Hietaniemi Cemetery which is a national monument for people who lost their lives in the wars”.
Navtej added that, “the President would also visit Rovaniemi town. This is an actual village. There is a Santa Claus post office; there is a Santa Claus house and various things”.
Sarna also said that, “Finland is also one of the countries which have already been listed for waiver of diplomatic official passport holders for visa purposes”.