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Consul General of Finland to New York, Ambassador Mika Koskinen Hosts Reception in NYC in Celebration of the 102nd Anniversary of the Independence of Finland
On December 6, 2019 at the residence of the Consul General of Finland to New York in New York City, distinguished members of the Finnish and Finnish American community attended a reception in celebration of the 102nd Anniversary of the Independence of Finland. The festive occasion was an excellent opportunity to mingle, network, and socialize in an informal setting. (Read more)

Foreign Affairs Committee Members of Finnish Parliament in New York City hear Presentation of the History of Finnish Americans in the USA and NYC
Eleven Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Finland attended various programs in Washington D.C. and New York City between November 17, 2019 and November 23, 2019. (Read more)

The History of Finnish Americans in the USA Presented to Political Party Delegates from Finland
On November 4, 2019, the Consul General, Ambassador Mika Koskinen, hosted a sit down luncheon at his official residence in New York City for the purpose of a presentation by Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., President and founder of the Finnish American Lawyers Association, of the history of the Finns who came to the United States, with an emphasize on those settling in New York City.
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Consul General of Finland in New York, Ambassador Manu Virtamo Hosts Reception for New Consul General, Ambassador Mika Koskinen
On April 9, 2019, the Consul General, Ambassador Manu Virtamo, hosted a Buffet Reception in New York City to “meet and greet” Ambassador Mika Koskinen, the next Consul General of Finland in New York, commencing July 1, 2019. Ambassador Manu Virtamo will be returning to Helsinki from New York which will be his last foreign post before retiring. Ambassador Mika Koskinen will be transferring from Lima Peru where he was Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Lima, since 2015. (Read more)

Judges Attend Memorial for Finnish born Judge John Pessala Founder of Finnish American Lawyers Association FALA
On March 31, 2019, a Memorial luncheon was held at Tesoro Restaurant in Westbury, Long Island New York, close to the Nassau County Family Court where Judge John Pessala presided in his courthouse for 13 years (Read more)

Finland's Honorary Counsel Carl Anderson, ESQ, Awarded Finnish Medal in NYC
On January 16, 2019, Manu Virtamo, Consul General of Finland in New York, with Maria Halava-Napoles, the Deputy Consul General present, on behalf of the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, awarded the Finnish medal, the Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finand, to Carl Anderson, Esq., Finland’s Honorary Consul in Connecticut. (Read more)

Finnish American Lawyers Association Supports Kota Alliance
at Residence of Permanent Representative of Finland to United Nations

On January 28, 2019, in New York City, a Destination Dining Tokyo Kitchen event, sponsored by The Kota Alliance, was held at Residence of the Permanent Representative of Finland to United Nations, Ambassador Kai Sauer and Dr. Erika Sauer.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Retires
On November 9, 2017 John Koskinen's term ended as the head of the US Internal Revenue Service ...


Jenni Haukio, First Lady of Finland, Tours Liberty Island and Ellis Island in New York
More than 150 world leaders attended the United Nations 70th General Assembly gathering and events which extended over 9 days in New York City at the end of September 2015. New York City experienced extensive traffic gridlock and crowds, particularly when . . .


Ambassador Ware Meets with a Group of American Lawyers and Judges Visiting Helsinki

Ambassador Marilyn Ware met with a group of American lawyers and judges visiting Helsinki to learn more about the Finnish legal system . . .


IRS Commissioner Honored by Lawyer Group

On March 27, 2014, at the Estonia House, at 243 East 34th Street, New York, approximately 50 FALA members and guests gathered to honor FALA Member, John Koskinen, Esq. . . .

Sibelius Lodge Finnish Masons Make Donations to Finnish Organizations
Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., a Past Master and Trustee of the Sibelius-Bredablick Lodge, announced on February 18, 2015, at the Prime Catch Restaurant in Boynton Beach, Florida, to the Finnish Masonic Lodge members in Florida at their annual Florida luncheon, that the Lodge was considering requests for donations from the Finnish organizations. Sibelius Lodge was initiated in 1965 as the . . .


Lakimies Uutiset Robert Saasto Enjoys His Roots

IRS Commissioner Visits Finland

"I have always been proud of my Finnish roots. Both my mother's and father's parents came from Finland to the USA at the beginning of the 1900s".


Digital Company Executives Visit NYC and Catch a Glimpse of the Pope
On September 25, 2015, eighteen digital company executives from Finland attended a luncheon reception at the residence of the Consul General of Finland to New York, Jukka Pietikainen. The Consul General graciously offered to host the group as the request of Robert Alan Saasto, Esq., President of the Finnish American Lawyers Association (FALA) who had been contacted by. . .

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