Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will welcome the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, Sanna Marin, to Australia next week. This will be the first visit by a Finnish Prime Minister to Australia.
Prime Minister Marin will be accompanied on her visit to Australia by a business delegation. She will also address the Lowy Institute.
Australia and Finland share a common vision based on equality, trust and shared values. In addition to enjoying warm bilateral ties, Australia works closely with Finland in multilateral forums and through engagement with the European Union.
Australia appreciates Finland's strong support in seeking to finalise the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement – a key priority for the Australian Government.
Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine has permanently altered the geopolitical landscape, culminating in Finland's historic decision to seek NATO membership.
As an Enhanced Opportunities Partner of NATO, Australia recognises the strong capabilities Finland will bring to the alliance.
Russia's actions only seek to reinforce the importance of likeminded partners working together to defend the international rules-based order.
Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Albanese
"I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marin to Australia on Friday."
"Although a world apart geographically, Australia and Finland are united by shared values and a strong desire to uphold the international rules-based order."
"Australians and Finns have a mutual appreciation for fostering sustainable growth, investing in clean energy and resilient supply chains and social and political stability."