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.
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.
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.