President Niinistö and President Putin will hold official discussions in the Presidential Palace.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin to make working visit to Helsinki on Wednesday 21 August

The visit will be hosted by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

President Niinistö and President Putin will hold official discussions in the Presidential Palace. In addition to bilateral relations between Finland and Russia, the Presidents will discuss regional and international issues. Following their discussions, the Presidents will hold a joint press conference. The visit will conclude with a dinner at the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

Surroundings of the presidential residence and inner city

The Helsinki Market Square will be closed for all vehicles on Wednesday after noon. The route to the South Harbour takes place via southern Helsinki on Tehtaankatu or on other routes as pointed out by the police.

Around noon, there will be following special traffic arrangements in the Helsinki city centre:

The route from Pohjoisranta to the city centre is via Liisankatu
Mannerheimintie is closed some of the time, and there will be traffic interruptions at different points of Mannerheimintie
Pohjoisesplanadi is closed some of the time from other traffic
These restrictions also apply to maintenance traffic

The event will cause substantial temporary traffic arrangements on Market Square and in its vicinity during the entire day. Market will be closed for Wednesday.

Port traffic

Special arrangements will affect traffic towards ports on Wednesday afternoon. Katajanokka can only be reached and exited through the north via Meritullintori and Kanavakatu, and Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto and Olympia Terminal can only be reached via the west.

Suomenlinna ferry service and other public transport

The Helsinki Market Square operations will be closed for the whole visitation day, therefore also docks for waterbuses and cruise ships will be closed. The Suomenlinna ferry service will be conducted from Katajanokka with the Suomenlinna maintenance ferry. Suomenlinna and Vallisaari can also be accessed by waterbus from Hakaniem

The Helsinki Police Department is in charge of, among other things, the security at the meeting places and the temporary traffic arrangements caused by the visit. The most current information on how the meeting affects the traffic will be posted on the Helsinki Police Department’s Twitter account.

Press release of Helsinki Police Department

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) will provide information on possible temporary arrangements in the public transport.

President Niinistö and President Putin last met in connection with the Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg in April 2019. President Putin last visited Finland for the #HELSINKI2018 meeting on 16 July 2018.

Further information:

Helsinki Police Department’s Twitter account
Press release by the Office of the President of the Republic