Finnish ambassador to visit Upper Peninsula in June

A member of the Finnish Foreign Ministry staff in Washington, D.C., has frequently reminisced about her visit to Michigan’s Copper Country during FinnFest USA 2013 and longed for ways to return to the area.

So, when she had her choice of official visits on which she could accompany Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, she wasted no time in making her preference known.

That’s why she’ll be traveling with Ambassador Kauppi to take part in a festival aptly named Juhannus ’17, a three-day, four-site event set for June 23 to 25 that will celebrate the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s enduring Finnish culture in communities that are among the most distinctly Finnish enclaves anywhere in North America.

Ambassador Kauppi has been intending to visit the Copper Country since she assumed her post as Finland’s Ambassador to the United States several years ago.

And she’ll see the area at its finest. The community leaders who brought FinnFest USA to the Copper Country four years ago have collaborated with leaders in several Finnish-American communities in the Western U.P. and created a festival that’ll combine many of the…

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