Finnish State Secretary Pettri Torstilla is in Manila for bilateral talks. Earlier in May, Ambassador Angie Sta. Catalina addressed Helsinki high level seminar on Finland-Philippines trade and investments opportunities.
Finns find Pinoys have great absorptive capacity for their technology, e.g., Finland’s Nokia set up a research center in the Philippines which has per capita the largest text users.
Our bilateral relations began when Finland’s Armi Kuusela, the first Miss Universe, gave up her crown in 1953 when she was swept off her feet by Virgilo Hilario.