Trustee member:

 


As Honorary Consul of Finland and a Vice President of Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida Chapter, I was delighted to see the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö visiting the United States together with other Nordic leaders. 

In his speech, President Niinistö stated that "The Nordics are a family with profound commonality of values and history, and with strong ties of cooperation. Gender equality, equal opportunities, and human rights for all, democracy, the rule of law and respect of international law - these are hallmarks of our societies, and an agenda that we share. 

Together the Nordics are a superpower - not militarily, but when it comes to innovation, education, competitiveness, sustainable development and clean technologies.  Seen together we are the world's 12th largest economy. Free trade is clearly in our interest.

We also claim superpower status as far as culture and sports are concerned.   And - as you see we are champions in modesty too!"

Nordic leaders gave us a good reminder about the importance of cooperation. Chambers of Commerce are here to develop, encourage, promote and foster trade, business, financial or professional interests and commercial relations.

We at FACC in cooperation with SACC (Swedish American Chamber of Commerce) and NACC (Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce) are planning in the future a trade mission to Nordic Countries. Therefore, this visit would complement and bring together the United States and Nordic Countries. 

We wish you all safe and enjoyable summer. 

Yours truly,

Peter Makila
Vice President
FACC, Florida Chapter





Obama Warms Up to Nordic Leaders

President Sauli Niinistö and other Nordic leaders made an official visit to the United States. The visit began with a reception ceremony held at the White House on the morning of Friday 13 May. President Niinistö spoke after a welcome speech given by US President Barack Obama.

Read more and see pictures here or watch the video below (starts with President Obama speaking a word of Finnish). 


Obama Nordic Summit Welcome
Obama Nordic Summit Welcome



NEWS FROM FINLAND

The Angry Birds Movie flies high in the US and China

The movie had its premiere last weekend in the US and initial estimates show that the furious flock of The Angry Birds Movie has taken over the coveted number one position in the US market.  Read more..

Unique pollen forecast service from Finland
The University of Turku's Aerobiology Unit has developed a unique application that allows users to check the pollen status in nearby areas. 

Robbo cracks the code by taking robots to school
Finnish edtech company Robbo is enabling schoolchildren to learn coding, with the help of robots in the classroom. Starting from next autumn, coding is becoming a part of the curriculum of Finnish primary schools.  Read more..



NEWS FROM FLORIDA

Theme parks welcome more sponsors, but going overboard can turn guests off

Brands including Honda, Alamo and Coca-Cola are spending big money to get the attention of amusement park visitors.  Read more..

Financial services industry throwing out rule book to attract millennials
The financial services industry is waking up to the fact that millennials and their older brethren, the Generation Xers, represent a future gold mine.  Read more.. 

Holiday weekend gas prices should be lowest since 2005
Gas prices increased again last week, but travelers should still enjoy the lowest Memorial Day weekend prices since 2005.  Read more..

As work schedules become flexible, so do options for childcare 
The trend toward flexibility in the labor force also has spawned another need: flexible childcare.  Read more..

 

UPCOMING PARTNER EVENTS

Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce
'STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS'
LUNCHEON WITH MAYOR DAVID STEWART
Thu May 26 11:30AM - 01:00PM 

Streb's Restaurant
1880 N Congress Avenue Suite 190 Boynton Beach,FL 33426

$25.00 for lunch, includes all taxes and tips 
RSVP to Lynn M Smith


We hope you find this newsletter useful and we would love to get feedback and suggestions on how to make it better. We also have many volunteer opportunities within the chamber so let us know how you want to be involved.

Sincerely,

Peter Makila
Vice President
FACC, Florida Chapter