Official Programme


2 pm - 5 pm Registration - Finlandia Hall, ground floor 
5 pm Opening Ceremony - Finlandia Hall, main hall

Irmeli Torssonen, SI 1999 Convention Chairman

Welcome and presentation of flags


Representative of the Republic of Finland

Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, 1st Vice Speaker of the Parliament

Representative of the City of Helsinki

Eva-Riitta Siitonen

Representative of Embassies based in Finland

HM Ambassador Gavin Hewitt, British Embassy

Greetings of Organisations

International Federation of Business and Professional Women
Zonta International
International Federation of University Women
Naisjärjestöjen Keskusliitto, The National Council of Women of Finland
Lions Clubs Association in Finland
Rotary International of Finland

Opening words for the XVI Soroptimist International Convention

Hilary Page, SI President

Child choir Veräjäpellon kuoro

7 pm - 9 pm Friendship Evening, - Finlandia Hall, main lobby, 1 st floor
including Fashion Show, cocktail reception
8 am - 3pm Soror Optima Golf Master Golf Course
  Our Convention Tours
City tour of Helsinki

10 am-12 am and
12.30 pm-2.30 pm

Helsinki by Sea and Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) Island Fortress

10 am-1 pm

Culture and Art (An excursion to Jean Sibelius’ home and artist museum)

10 am-3 pm and
12.noon-5 pm

  Departure for all tours from the Finlandia Hall tour departure point.

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