After witnessing the result of Brexit, Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo believes that no further EU members will want to follow in the UK’s footsteps.

Finnish Finance Minister Petteri Orpo has certainly been popular in the world press over the last 10 days. His quotes about Brexit were picked up by the Financial Express, while his thoughts on Finland approaching the end of austerity were the subject of a feature by Bloomberg.

In other news, Finland is ranked as the most eco-friendly country on Earth,

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Helsinki was judged to be the most gender-equal city in the world in this year’s Millennial Cities Ranking.

Helsinki scored highest for openness in a new ranking carried out by housing aggregator Nestpick. Taking into account thousands of cities from around the world, the Millennial Cities Ranking determined the top 100 places for millennials to live in 2017.

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Actor and performance artist Shia LaBeouf has faced provocation by users of online forums during his #ALONETOGETHER exhibition at Helsinki’s Kiasma museum.

When Shia LaBeouf began his new performance art project in Finland, he most likely hoped that his problems with online trolls were over. Now it appears that his relocation to an isolated Lapland cabin hasn’t stopped his tormentors from springing up again.

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US actor Shia LaBeouf is currently in a wooden cabin somewhere in Lapland

Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf is teaming up with Finnish museum Kiasma as part of his latest performance art project. Titled #ALONETOGETHER, the project will allow visitors to speak directly to LaBeouf and his collaborators, although the performers will only be able to respond via text message.

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Ville Tavio, Member of Parliament for the Finns Party

MP Talk gives members of parliament the opportunity to share their views on Finnish society with an international audience. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Helsinki Times.

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Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, and Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, during the official dinner in Helsinki on 5th April, 2017. President Xi’s state visit to Finland has dominated the headlines this week.

President Xi’s state visit of Finland had the international media stirring this week, inspiring a slew of articles from all directions. The Global Times wrote about the growing economic relationship between China and Finland, while the Financial Times reported on Finland’s role in improving Chinese-American relations.

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Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, arrived in Finland today on a three-day state visit.

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, begins his state visit of Finland today. Joined by a delegation that includes his wife and First Lady of China Peng Liyuan, President Xi will remain in Finland until Thursday, 6 April. He will then fly out to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he will meet US President Donald Trump.

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President Xi presented a birthday cake to the spouse of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto's spouse.

Press. Xi presented a birthday cake to the spouse of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Jenni Haukio.
 Because the birthday of the Ms. Haukio coincided with the day of the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia in 2013, they received a gift from Xi Jinping and his spouse Peng Liyuan: a birthday cake. Niinisto said, “We will never forget that moment, such courtesy and surprise was the best gift for us.”

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By Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
For Helsinki Times

At the invitation of President Sauli Niinistö, I am delighted to pay a state visit to Finland in this beautiful spring season of budding plants and blooming flowers.

I have been to Finland twice before. Your scenic and unspoiled lakes and forests, your development philosophy that values diligence and innovation, and your kind and honest people all left me fond memories. Finland lies at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. Throughout the centuries, the Finns, with their “sisu” spirit, have forged ahead despite many vicissitudes and made remarkable achievements in national independence and prosperity. This country is home to the great composer Jean Sibelius and the well-regarded Linux operating system. It also has one of the highest rankings on the World Happiness Index and the Corruption Perceptions Index.

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Planning to launch Finland’s first fully commercial satellite in July 2017, Reaktor Space Lab has even bigger goals in mind for the future

Finnish space startup Reaktor is aiming high, with plans to launch the first ever network of satellites around the moon. Moving back to Earth, another startup is hoping to take advantage of Uber’s struggles in the Finnish market. Other international news focused on quantum physics for children, a Finland-shaped ice dress and the Nordic craze of hobbyhorsing.

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Following the passing of the Equal Marriage Act, a wedding is held at the Kapsäkki music theater in Helsinki on March 1, 2017. This month a man identified as Ziryan celebrated becoming the first Kurd to hold a same-sex marriage ceremony in Finland.

Arriving in Nebraska by chance 25 years ago, a Finnish photojournalist has now won an international award for his photos capturing rural America. Staying with the US, a Midwest museum is celebrating the art of Finnish immigrants in Michigan. Other international news from this week focused on Scotland’s admiration for Finnish schooling, an Arctic wind park investment and the same-sex marriage of a Kurd in Helsinki.

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