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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

President thanks Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining Polishness

  |   Meeting with Polish expatriates at the Polish embassy in Helsinki Meeting with Polish expatriates at the Polish embassy in Helsinki Meeting with Polish expatriates at the Polish embassy in Helsinki Meeting with Polish expatriates at the Polish embassy in Helsinki President thanks Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining Polishness President thanks Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining Polishness President thanks Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining Polishness

Speaking in Helsinki on Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda thanked the Polish diaspora in Finland for maintaining their Polishness.

 

During a meeting with Polish expatriates at the Polish embassy in Helsinki, President Duda awarded state distinctions to eight people for their services to the Polish community in Finland.

 

"I am pleased to honour your community's representatives with state decorations, which are a symbol of gratitude and memory", the president said, adding that they were being awarded for "many years of effort to maintain Polishness".

 

President Duda also thanked Polish people who had contributed to Finnish academic achievements. He said they were people who had gone to Finland particularly in recent years, since the country had decided on the development of innovativeness. Although those Polish people, to some extent, entered the Finnish intelectual elite, they never forgot their roots, Duda stressed.

 

The presidential couple's state visit to Finland coincides with the country's independence centenary celbrations. Duda said the occasion was also important for Polish people living in Finland and drew attention to Poland's independence centenary to fall next year.

 

A recipient of the Order of Merit, Michal Zielinski, speaking on behalf of the group, pointed out that the longest serving Polish diaspora organisation in Finland had been functioning longer than the Finnish state itself. The Polish Union was established by Polish officers in May 1917, while the Republic of Finland was proclaimed by the Finnish parliament on December 6, 2017. Zielinski went on to highlight that Finland's Polish Union was the longest serving Polish diapsora organisation in Europe.

 

The Polish community in Finland numbers around 5,000. Their representatives' meeting with the presidential couple was the final point of Duda's state visit to Finland. (PAP)

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