Roundtable discussions on burning questions heading into elections

Hanasaari, Espoo

3 - 4.6.2022

Finnish Swedish roundtable discussions

Networking and knowledge sharing for young people engaged in politics in Sweden and Finland 

Sweden is currently preparing for the upcoming elections in September 2022 and the countdown for the Finnish parliamentary elections in April 2023 has already started. Questions on security and defence are high on the political agenda against the background of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and contacts between Sweden and Finland are closer than perhaps ever before. So how does the cooperation between Sweden and Finland stand in the new security environment and how are parties preparing for the upcoming elections in this rapidly changing political environment? What could we learn from our neighbours in terms of politics, policy and campaigning?

Hanaholmen invites politically active youth from Finland and Sweden to network and share perspectives about burning political topics against the background of the upcoming parliamentary elections. The programme includes facilitated dialogues with topics such as, campaigning, education and security policy and you will also get to propose themes and topics you find interesting to discuss bilaterally. The programme invites you to learn more about the political structure and politics of Finland and Sweden and includes key notes, interactive dialogues and networking.

Apply to attend in case you want to strengthen your bilateral network, exchange experiences and perspectives and discuss possibilities for future collaboration with your peers from Finland and Sweden.

Participation: The event will take place on June 3rd – 4th at Hanaholmen in Espoo, Finland. The event is free of charge and accommodation at Hanaholmen and travel expenses from Sweden or outside Helsinki Metropolitan Region will be covered. The application is open for young people between 18-30 engaged in politics on different levels from both countries. We review the applications as they come in so you can increase your chances to get admitted by submitting you application as soon as possible! Submit you application here.


Friday 3.6

17.30-18.00 Welcome greeting and guiding at Hanaholmen

18.00-19.30 Dinner at Hanaholmens restaurant PLATS

19.30-20.30 Thematic dialogues and networking –The political landscape and dynamics in Sweden and Finland – Swedish Finnish cooperation in a rapidly changing political environment. Speakers Kimmo Sasi & Gunvor Kronman

Kimmo Sasi has had a long career in politics serving as Member of the Finnish Parliament and as Minister. He has been actively engaged in the Nordic cooperation as well as the bilateral cooperation between Finland and Sweden.

Gunvor Kronman is the CEO of Hanaholmen and for more than 20 years, she has held key positions both nationally and internationally in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Saturday 4.6

08.00–9.00 Breakfast at Hanaholmens restaurang PLATS

9.15-10.00 Keynote and dialogue

Election campaigning and running as a young candidate. Speaker Henrik Wickström

Henrik Wickström serves as the chairman for the municipality of Inkoo and as the vice chair for the Swedish People’s Party of Finland. He was Finland’s youngest ever chairman of the municipal government when he was elected at the age of 22.

10.00–11:30 Parallel roundtable discussions

1 Education Rising inequality and shrinking PISA performance – is the education policy at a crossroads? Speaker Annika Hirvonen.

Annika Hirvonen is a member of the Swedish Parliament and the group leader for the Swedish Green Party. She’s also a member of the Nordic Council and a member of the board of the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation.

2 Participant driven discussion

The topic for the discussion is decided based on the proposals from the participants.

12.30-13.30 Lunch at Hanaholmens restaurant PLATS

13.30-15.00 Parallel roundtable discussions

3 Security and defence policy Changes in Finland’s and Sweden’s security and foreign policy environment following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Speaker Ilmari Käihkö

Ilmari is an Associate Professor of War Studies at the Swedish Defence University. His research focuses on military theory and strategy, and he has appeared frequently in media commenting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

4 Participant driven discussion

The topic for the discussion is decided based on the proposals from the participants.

15.00 Coffee & Bilateral party dialogues

Participants get paired with colleagues from sister parties for open discussions

16.00 Conclusions and wrap-up


Additional information: Programme Coordinator Ella Turta,

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