A get-together was held in Hanoi on December 7 to mark the 100th Independence Day of Finland (December 6) in the presence of diplomats and representatives from organizations of both nations.
In his address, President of the Vietnam-Finland Friendship Association Ha Cong Tuan praised Finland for its growth in a multitude of fields and thanked Finnish people for their support for Vietnam during the past struggles for independence and the post-war hardship time through building water supply works, hospitals and shipyards.
The Government and people of Finland have continued their help for Vietnam, including renovations across a broad variety of fields, Tuan said, adding that Vietnam always values the traditional friendship with Finland.
He held that both nations two countries are grasping new development cooperation opportunities and advantages to developing bilateral ties, including contributions of the 9,000-Vietnamese community in Finland.
For his part, Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto thanked the Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations and the Vietnam-Finland Friendship Association for holding the event.
He displayed belief that the collaboration between the two countries will further grown in economics, culture, and education and assured his embassy's willingness to support activities strengthening bilateral traditional ties.