President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin congratulated Joe Biden on Saturday night on his victory in the US presidential election, which ends the era of Donald Trump in the White House.
Both leaders extended their congratulations to Kamala Harris, the first woman to become Vice President of the United States.
Soon enough, just two minutes after eight o'clock in the afternoon, after the news of Joe Biden's victory was broadcast by some of the major American television networks, the president of Finland Sauli Niinisto made public his congratulations to the winner.
Through the official account of the Office of the President of the Republic, Niinistö said: "I have congratulated Joe biden on being elected. I look forward to continuing to build a strong partnership with him and Kamala Harris."
Presidentti @Niinisto: Olen onnitellut Joe Bidenia tämän valinnasta. Odotan mahdollisuutta jatkaa vahvan kumppanuutemme rakentamista hänen ja Kamala Harrisin kanssa.— TPKanslia (@TPKanslia) November 7, 2020
Marin 2 hours later
More cautious, the Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke through Twitter somewhat later, at 9:56 pm with a message in Finnish and in English, although the text was not exactly the same in both languages.
"My congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Looking forward to cooperating on transatlantic relations," she wrote.
Onnitteluni Joe Bidenille ja Kamala Harrisille. Yhdysvallat on Suomelle tärkeä kumppani. Odotan yhteistyötämme.— Sanna Marin (@MarinSanna) November 7, 2020
My congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Looking forward to cooperating on transatlantic relations.
Her message in Finnish also included a sentence that was not translated into English:
"The United States is an important partner for Finland."