Ambassadors to Finland – London says Farewell and Welcome

After five years of service in London His Excellency Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi and Mrs Liisa Hutaniemi have returned to Finland this summer.  The Anglo-Finnish Society was privileged to entertain them to a farewell lunch on 11th June at a classic British pub in Notting Hill.

Token gifts included a complete recording of the operettas of the oh-so-British Gilbert and Sullivan.

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His Excellency Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi with Anglo-Finish Society Chair, Marjatta Bell.

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Anglo-Finish Society Chair, Marjatta Bell and Secretary Paulus Thomson. Paulus entertains with his valediction to Ambassador and Mrs Huhtaniemi in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi and Mrs Liisa Hutaniemi were also presented with ‘Afghan Proverbs Illustrated’, a book of Afghan proverbs  by Edward Zellem. The book was presented in its Dari-Finnish version, as newly translated from Dari by Doctor Liisa Granbom-Herranen. The book exists in an increasing number of translations,  its purpose being to assist the integration of the Afghan diaspora into its newly adopted countries around the world.

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Dari (an Afghan language) to English version. Front Cover

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Dari ( an Afghan language) to Finish version. Front Cover

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Dari ( an Afghan language) to Finish version. Rear Cover

Ambassador Huhtaniemi is renowned for helpfully keeping the world in touch with his busy schedule through his almost daily public  tweets, which he continues even in Finland. They make a fascinating insight into British, and now Finnish, society. They are very instructive and much appreciated – many thanks.

London now welcomes Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen, who is to arrive from Berlin in September.

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