The Embassy of Finland officially marked the launch of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU with a reception on 3 July in the Finnish Residence.

Despite the stormy weather the guests enjoyed the warmhearted atmosphere created by Ambassador Blinnikka with her welcoming speech and the beautiful live performance of the Anthem of Europe and some musical pieces by Jean Sibelius. An additional touch were the tasty food including traditional Careliam pies and the summer Finlandia vodka cocktails provided by Brown - Forman Bulgaria Ltd. Among the guests were diplomats, Bulgarian high-level officials, representatives of the business, non-governmental and cultural sectors, and many friends of Finland.

The material was provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Finland in the Republic of Bulgaria.