In the picture Ambassador Anders Ahnlid holding the Order of the Lion – Image by Swedish Embassy in Finland.
Tuesday, 4 August 2020, Helsinki, Republic of Finland: The Finnish Foreign Ministry’s Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen hosted a farewell luncheon for Ambassador Anders Ahnlid, Sweden’s top envoy in the neighbourly Nordic country for the last three and a half years.
On behalf of President Sauli Niinistö, Grand Master of the State Orders, the orders’ Chancellor Dr. Jussi Nuorteva bestowed upon Ambassador Ahnlid the rank of ‘Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland’ (in Finnish: Suomen Leijonan ritarikunta; in Swedish: Finlands Lejons orden).The Order of the Lion of Finland was founded on 11 September 1942. The Lion of Finland is awarded for civilian and military merit. Ambassador Ahnlid received the order’s highest rank.
Ahnlid returns to Sweden in August 2020, and becomes Director General of the National Trade Board (Kammerskollegium) after serving as Ambassador to Finland, and previously Permanent Representative to the EU.
For information about the appointment of Ambassador Ahnlid to lead the Swedish National Trade Board: