Sheffield dignitaries say ‘hei’ as Finnish ambassador visits

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Sheffield hosted a visit from the Finnish ambassador to the UK for the second time in recent years.

Pekka Huhtaniemi and wife Liisa were in the city to meeting ex-pats from the Scandinavian country who are living in Sheffield, and to attend a Cutlers’ Feast.

Mr Huhtanieme also had a tour of Finnish-owned steelmaker Outokumpu’s works in the Lower Don Valley.

David Stone, honorary consul to the ambassador, said: “It is the second time he has come to Sheffield in recent years and the visit was to meet Finnish people living in Sheffield – of which there are about 30.

“It was also to inspect Finnish business interests at Outokumpu.

“Mr Huhtaniemi was previously here for the opening of the bar finishing facility at Outokumpu.”

During his visit the ambassador, who has represented his country in various posts abroad for 40 years, also met with the new Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun John Campbell, and other dignitaries.