Finnish Prime Minister Marin Visited Vienna

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: February 20, 2023; 20:39 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Finnish head of government Sanna Marin visited Vienna for the first time for working talks and was received by Chancellor Karl Nehammer and President Alexander Van der Bellen. Finland and Austria share enough interests, but not the status of neutrality.

Despite their different stance on neutrality, Finland and Austria share similar views within the EU regarding economic and competitiveness policy, among other topics. / Picture: © Bundeskanzleramt (BKA) / Christoper Dunker

Finland had always taken a very clear position on Russia's war of aggression on Ukraine, and Austria had always "shown full solidarity" with the EU, Chancellor Nehammer noted. Neutrality, however, is "no longer appropriate" in Finland's situation, the prime minister said, while reiterating that it must be each country's own decision: "We don't want to tell other countries what to…