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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs presents Madventures and travel safety in Tampere

Press release 201/2015
1 September 2015

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs promotes travel safety and has its own stand in the Comprehensive Security 2015 Trade Fair in the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre on 4–6 September. Passports are also on display and information is provided about the Ministry's different services for travellers. The Ministry will put on display not only matters related to travel safety but also information about its other activities promoting comprehensive security.

Director Teemu Turunen from the Unit for Consular Assistance will be at the Ministry's stand A100 on Friday 4 September. Finland's first ever Ambassador for Cyber Security Marja Rislakki will visit the Ministry's stand on Friday, too. Both Teemu Turunen and Marja Rislakki will be interviewed by the Security Committee on Friday.

On Saturday 5 September, the Madventures backpackers Riku and Tunna will hold a security drill on the main stage and meet with travellers at the Foreign Ministry's stand.

In the "Security Track" game, the Foreign Ministry has a flag of its own under control point 2.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare will present its Infectious Diseases Department at the Foreign Ministry's stand on Friday and Saturday. Senior Researcher Jussi Sane will be present at the stand and tell about the fight against global health hazards, and public health nurse Eeva Pekkanen will be available for inquiries concerning travellers' health matters. In addition, visitors to the stand can get information about studies related to food- and water-borne epidemics and infectious diseases and their prevention. Visitors can also take an online test called "What bug you are" to find out if they resemble the most a lively influenza virus or a more conservative salmonella.

In connection with the Comprehensive Security 2015 Trade Fair on Thursday 3 September, the Foreign Ministry will organise a seminar for invited guests, entitled "Diplomacy as a guarantor of Finland's security". The theme of discussion will be the changed European security.  The topics of the seminar will include, among other things, Russia's actions, international security cooperation, and information warfare. The panellists will be: Anne Sipiläinen, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy, Terhi Hakala, Director General of the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vesa Kekäle, media specialist and former Press Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow, and Hiski Haukkala, Senior Researcher, Unit for Policy Planning and Research from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as Jean Monnet Professor Hanna Ojanen from the University of Tampere. The seminar will be hosted by Matti Mörttinen, Head of the Editorial Office of Aamulehti.

PROGRAMME

Friday 4 September

12:00–16:00 Teemu Turunen, Director of the Unit for Consular Assistance, will be at the Ministry's stand  A100

14:00 Does the world take the traveller by surprise? Teemu Turunen, Director of the Unit for Consular Assistance

16.30 Marja Rislakki, Ambassador for Cyber Security, at the Security Committee's info stage A200

17:00–18:00 Marja Rislakki, Ambassador for Cyber Security, will be present at the Ministry's stand  A100

Saturday 5 September

11:30 and 14:00 stage in hall A: Internet security

Speakers:  Kirsi Karlamaa, Director, Head of National Cyber Security Centre Finland at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, Tero Muurman, Chief Inspector at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Jarno Limnéll, Professor in Aalto University and Marja Rislakki, Ambassador for Cyber Security.

13:00–14:00 stage in hall A: Madventures' security drill

The Madventures duo Riku & Tunna will tell about their travels

14:00–16:00 The Madventures duo will meet bakpackers at the Ministry's stand  A100

Sunday 6 September

10:00–16:00 Does the world take the traveller by surprise? Visit www.maailmayllattaa.fi map service and share experiences from your travels at the Ministry's stand  A100. Surprise prizes!

Further information and requests for interview: Ritva Naumanen, Content and Communications Specialist, tel. +358 295 351 049 and Danica Vihinen, Communications Officer, tel. +358 295 351 769

Further information about the seminar Mari Lankinen, Content and Communications Specialist, tel. +358 295 350 642

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