The King visits Finland with the Royal Technology Mission

Motiv: During the day at Aalto University, The King learnt about the research and teaching carried out at the university through meetings with students. Photo:

Motiv: On the Thursday, The King and the IVA delegation met with President Sauli Niinistö. Photo:

From Wednesday 26 November until Saturday 28 November, The King took part in the 22nd Royal Technology Mission (RTM) together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). This time, the mission travelled to Finland.

Representatives from industry and academia took part in The King's visit to Finland. The delegation was led by IVA's President, Leif Johansson. The aim of the visit was to increase knowledge about and strengthen dialogue with Finland.

Wednesday 26 November 

The day was spent at Aalto Universityexternal link, opens in new window, where the visitors were welcomed by the university's President, Tuula Teeri. Professors and students presented their research within fields such as engineering, business and creative economics, and their cutting-edge expertise within art and design.

Aalto University has a national assignment of using high-class research and teaching to support Finland's success, making a positive contribution towards building up Finnish society, internationalism and competitiveness, and promoting the well-being of mankind and the environment.

During the evening, a reception was held at the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki.

Thursday 27 November

The day began with The King and the IVA delegation holding a meeting with President Sauli Niinistö. The morning continued with meetings and lunch with representatives from the Finnish Government.

In the afternoon, the delegation visited the Finnish wood processing industry group UPM-Kymmene and the company Planmeca, which specialises in designing and manufacturing high-tech dental equipment.

CEO of UPM Jussi Pesonen explains about the company's operations. Photo:

CEO of UPM Jussi Pesonen explains about the company's operations. Photo:

Friday 28 November

Friday began with a visit to the gaming company Supercell. The company has produced popular mobile phone games such as Clash of Clans and Hay Day.

The delegation then visited Kone, one of the world's largest manufacturers of conveyance systems such as lifts and escalators. Today, Kone has more than one million units around the world and 45,000 employees in 55 countries. 

The King during the visit to Supercell. Photo:

The King during the visit to Supercell. Photo:

The visit to Finland concluded with the delegation visiting Outotec, a company that works with natural resources and helps its customers to make effective and sustainable use of water, energy, metals and minerals. The final visit was to Vaisala, a world-leading environmental and industrial measurement company. 

The King visits Vaisala. Photo:

The King visits Vaisala. Photo:

Royal Technology Missions (RTMs)

Since 1984, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciencesexternal link, opens in new window (IVA) has arranged Royal Technology Missions (RTMs) around the world, at The King's initiative.

An RTM is a delegation trip for Swedish business leaders and representatives from authorities and universities. The aim is primarily to make new contacts that can lead to a greater exchange of ideas and business. The King takes part in these delegation trips.