On May 29 the Embassy of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Island, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway and Sweden jointly celebrated their national days in the Prague New Town Hall. This initiative of Baltic and Nordic countries has already become a pleasant and wide-ranging tradition in the capital of Czechia, since it took place for the 11th time.
The Ambassadors Alberts Sarkanis, Sten Schwede, Helena Tuuri, Siri Sletner, Edvilas Raudonikis, Viktoria Li and Ole Frijs-Madsen held a joint speech in which they highlighted that Baltic and Nordic states represent a top European region with 32 million inhabitants and altogether the states are the 11th largest economy in the world. Although each of the state has its own historically conditioned National Day, this joint celebration is a symbol of their close links and cooperation at all levels. It is also a symbol of good relations with Czechia.
An attention has been paid to the topic Women in the Baltic and Nordic states. Inovations, sustainability and equality are three pillars of the region’s prosperity, therefore this year the intention was to highlight women’s contribution to politics, economics, science, art and sport. The equality is shown, inter alia, by the fact women have been in charge of six of these states and part of all the countries Parliaments over the last ten years. Equality also means importance of diversity related to the same opportunities of choice and development. However, it depends on political decisions and social involvement of stakeholders, but increasingly critical is a model of women who dare to accept the leading role, to balance the society and to become inspiration for the others. In this respect the Embassies opted to remind particulary outstanding Baltic and Nordic women including Latvian former president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.
A prominent intellectual, the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences Eva Zažímalová, attended the reception as a special guest. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš with the presence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Radek Vondráček stressed in his speech the Czech Republic’s interest to strenghten cooperation between Baltic and Nordic states and Visegrad Group.
A large number of guests representatives of the Czech state and society, businessmen, journalists, academics, foreign diplomats and diaspora members attended the event. Apart from Kampa Group catering guests’ attention was attracted by refreshment tables with national treats and beverages. The Embassy of Latvia in the Czech Republic offered Valmiermuiža biscuits, Latvijas Balzams alcoholic beverage, Laima candies and cheese brands Trikātas and Talsu. Quite attractive for all seemed to be a Latvian-Finnish innovation–Catchbox Throwable Microphone.