GALLERY: First Finnish presidential visit to Ethiopia

President Niinistö paid his first official visit to Africa this week, and the first by any Finnish President to Ethiopia.

Credit: Juhani Kandell, TPK

President Sauli Niinistö made a little history this week, becoming the first Finnish president to visit Ethiopia. The two-day trip also marked Niinistö’s first official to Africa.

During his stay in Addis Ababa, Niinistö met Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, and also Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was named as the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize earlier in October.

There was a visit to a local school meeting children who benefit from Finnish development projects; meetings at the African Union, and addressing conferences on gender equality and climate change.

Browse the gallery of colourful photographs taken on the trip to see more of President Niinistö’s Africa visit.