President Moon Jae-in (second from right) and first lady Kim Jung-sook (right) on June 9 greets Finnish Economic Affairs and Employment Minister Katri Kulmuni after the presidential couple's arrival at Helsinki Airport. (Cheong Wa Dae)

President Moon Jae-in (second from right) and first lady Kim Jung-sook (right) on June 9 greets Finnish Economic Affairs and Employment Minister Katri Kulmuni after the presidential couple’s arrival at Helsinki Airport. (Cheong Wa Dae)

By Xu Aiying and Kim Hwaya 

President Moon Jae-in on June 9 arrived in Finland to start his eight-day tour of three Northern European countries.

Through this trip, the president is expected to expand the basis of cooperation with each of the three countries to realize his administration’s goals of creating innovative growth and building an inclusive nation, as well as have the three reaffirm their assistance in the process of the denuclearization and formation of a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In Finland, President Moon will exchange opinions with high-ranking officials on economic stimulation through innovative growth with Finland, a leading country for startups. He will also discuss bilateral cooperation in sectors related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as next-generation telecommunication networks like 5G and 6G and artificial intelligence.

On his second stop in Norway, President Moon will seek to boost bilateral cooperation in eco-friendly hydrogen energy, with Norway being the leading country in the field, as well as expand collaboration in shipbuilding.

In Sweden, the final leg of the president’s door, he will discuss cooperation in startups, information and communications technology, bio-health and the defense industry. Korea will share its vision for building an inclusive country while Sweden will explain its history of amicable labor-management relations.

President Moon will return home on June 16.

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