Finnish Defence Forces in SuomiAreena in 2018

SuomiAreena will convene once again a great number of decision makers, specialists and opinion leaders in Pori from 16 to 20 July 2018.

SuomiAreena will spread across activity points in town and Kirjurinluoto. The event will be organized by Mediahub and the City of Pori, partnered by media operator MTV. The Defence Forces is one of the event’s main cooperation partners together with Veikkaus and DNA. The programme including the host of events is available at: suomiareena.fi.

The Defence Forces showcased in SuomiAreena

The Defence Forces will set up an Equipment Exhibition and Public Information Tent in Jokiranta open daily throughout SuomiAreena Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Monday 16 July, in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony of SuomiAreena, a Finnish Air Force Hornet Flight Display will be performed at 9.30 a.m. On Wednesday morning 18 July, a Midnight Hawks Flight Display will be seen in the skies at 9.30. The Flight Displays will be subject to weather conditions.

On Wednesday 18 July in Kirjurinluoto the Defence Forces 100 Combat Exhibition Tour will have its unique and impressive first Combat Exhibition from 2 to 2.30 p.m. The exhibition area will open to the public at 1 a.m. The Combat Exhibition will present the activities of the Defence Forces and the capability of its weapon systems. The Defence Forces 100 Combat Exhibition is not recommended for children under the age of seven because it is very realistic and loud. During the Exhibition, the noise level will momentarily exceed 165 dB, so the audience should wear hearing protection. Ear plugs will be made available for the audience in the exhibition area.

The Defence Forces Conscript Band will entertain the audience on the MTV Stage on Wednesday and Friday.

Representatives from the defence administration will take part in SuomiAreena’s debates on topical issues Monday through Friday. Defence administration discussions will be attended by representatives from the Defence Forces, Ministry of Defence, Advisory Board for Defence Information and the Security Committee.

The Defence Forces and the Ministry of Defence in the programme

There are six main stages in the centre of Pori that will provide a setting for the debates in SuomiAreena. They are all within a walking distance from one another. In addition to these main stages, events will take place, for example, on the MTV Stage, Kansalaistori and Jokiranta.

In Jokiranta, the Defence Forces’ Equipment Exhibition and Public Information Tent will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. There will also be a Soldiers’ Home cafeteria sales point in Jokiranta. The Defence Forces Conscript Band will entertain the audience on the MTV stage on Wednesday and Friday.

Link to the events chart: https://suomiareena.fi/info/tapahtumapaikat-ja-kartat

Monday 16 July

9.30 a.m. a Hornet Flight Display (weather permitting)

10-11 a.m. The State of Defence: What Kind of Defence Are We Going to Need in the Future? A debate on Finnish defence policy perspectives.

Ministry of Defence, Purje, Raatihuone Park

Debaters

  • Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Defence, Blue Reform
  • Harri Ohra-aho, Chief of Intelligence, Major General, Finnish Defence Forces
  • Katri Pynnöniemi, Assistant Professor, National Defence University, University of Helsinki
  • Jyri Raitasalo, Military Professor, Docent, National Defence University
  • The discussion is hosted by Petteri Väänänen, The Zeeland Family

Tuesday 17 July

10 - 11 a.m. Is Our Motivation to Defend our Country Enough? A debate on our will to defend our country and its evolution on the basis of ABDI studies

The Advisory Board for Defence Information ABDI, Purje, Raatihuone Park

Debaters

  • Krista Mikkonen, Member of Parliament, The Greens of Finland
  • Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Defence, Blue Reform
  • Jukka Sonninen, Finnish Defence Forces Chief of Training, Brigadier General, Defence Command
  • The discussion is hosted by Petri Kejonen, Executive Producer, YLE

Wednesday 18 July

9.30 a.m. Midnight Hawks Flight Display (weather permitting)

10 - 10.30 a.m. Skills and Capability - Finland’s Model. What Kind of Defence Does Finland Need?

The Finnish Defence Forces, Purje, Raatihuone Park

Debaters

  • Ilkka Kanerva, Member of Parliament, Chairperson of the Defence Committee, National Coalition Party
  • Jarmo Lindberg, Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, General
  • Päivi Nerg, Under - Secretary, Ministry of Finance
  • Jyri Raitasalo, Military Professor, Docent, National Defence University
  • Risto Siilasmaa, Chair of the Board of Directors, Nokia
  • The debate is hosted by Pauli Aalto- Setälä, CEO, Professor of Practice in Digital Mindset, Aller Media Ltd.

00.20 - 00.35 p.m. The Defence Forces 100th Anniversary Year, MTV Stage

00.35 - 00.45 p.m. Defence Forces Conscript Band, MTV Stage

1 p.m. Audience starts walking to Kirjurinluoto accompanied by the Band, MTV Stage

2 p.m. Defence Forces Combat Exhibition, Kirjurinluoto

Thursday 19 July

10 - 11 a.m. Materiel as the Basis of Defence Capability - Long - Term Materiel Development in the Defence Forces

The Finnish Defence Forces, Purje, Raatihuone Park

Debaters

  • Petri Hulkko, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General, Defence Forces
  • Mika Kari, Member of Parliament, Vice Chairperson of the Defence Committee, Social Democratic Party (comp. Kanerva)
  • Lauri Puranen, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Defence
  • Kari Renko, Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Logistics Command, Major General (Eng.)
  • Vesa Virtanen, Chief of Planning of the Defence Forces, Brigadier General, Defence Command
  • The debate is hosted by Reporter Vesa Kallionpää, MTV Uutiset (News)

Friday 20 July

10 - 11 a.m. Hybrid Versus Comprehensive Security

Security Committee, Purje, Raatihuone Park

Debaters

  • Päivi Anttikoski, Director of Government Communications, Prime Minister’s Office
  • Jukka Juusti, Permanent Secretary, Chair of the Security Committee, Ministry of Defence
  • Kirsi Karlamaa, Director-General, Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority
  • Timo Kivinen, Chief of the Defence Command, Lieutenant General, Defence Forces
  • Seppo Kolehmainen, National Police Commissionner, National Police Board
  • Antti Pelttari, Director, Finnish Security Intelligence Service
  • Hosted by Vesa Valtonen, General Secretary, Secretariat of the Security Committee and Matti Virtanen, Reporter, Talouselämä

12 - 12.30 p.m. Defence Forces Conscript Band, MTV Stage

3.30 - 4 p.m. Defence Forces Conscript Band, Closing Ceremony of SuomiAreena, MTV Stage