The 1999 Finnish Presidency: Internal Market and Foreign Policy Priorities and Achievements

  • Simone Bunse
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


The Finnish Presidency from 1 July to 31 December 1999 was Finland’s first time in the Council chair. Since joining the EU in 1995, Finland has developed into the only ‘mainstream’291 Nordic member firmly committed to Community projects despite its lack of federalist political culture and often critical public. It views the EU as an ‘ever developing union of independent states’ granting it – a small country long caught between two power blocs – security, market access, and increased influence in international affairs.292 The presidency was regarded as the ‘greatest international challenge since Finnish independence’293 and a means to complete the country’s integration into the West, cease being a newcomer, and promote distinct Nordic interests.


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© Simone Bunse 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Bunse
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  1. 1.INCAE Business SchoolCosta Rica

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