Finland's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 6, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Finland as you celebrate your Independence Day this December 6.

This past summer I had the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Finnish people during my visit to Helsinki. We discussed our long history of partnership and common values. Together, we tackle some of the most pressing challenges, from supporting a stable and prosperous future for Afghanistan, to curbing the effects of climate change. We are also working together to build upon our already strong economic relationship. As we look to the future, we are confident that Finland and the United States will continue to be reliable partners in forming a safer and more peaceful world.

I wish all the people of Finland a happy Independence Day celebration and best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year.

PRN: 2012/1923