Ambassador to Finland honored with White Rose

Valdis Krastiņš, whose tour as Latvia’s ambassador to Finland ends this month, has been awarded one of that nation’s highest honors, the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

He received the honor June 21 during his last official meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen, according to the Embassy of Latvia in Helsinki.

Krastiņš became ambassador to Finland in 2000. Upon his return to Latvia, he will continue to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he joined in 1992.

The Order of the White Rose dates from 1919, when it was initiated by Carl Gustav Mannerheim.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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