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7 Finns behind closed doors at ultra-elite Bilderberg meeting

Seven Finnish corporate leaders are among the select attendees of the secretive Bilderberg conference, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

Jorma Ollila.
Long-time Nokia chief Jorma Ollila is among the power wielders at Bilderberg. Image: Yle

The annual four-day gathering of about 150 people is underway in Copenhagen, bringing together some of the world’s financial, political, academic elite for informal closed-door discussions of current events from Ukraine and economic recovery to privacy. Most of the attendees are from Europe and North America. This year's edition includes two invitees from China and none from Russia.

The Finnish participants are Matti Alahuhta, who recently stepped down as the CEO of liftmaker Kone, and his successor Henrik Ehrnrooth, as well as Shell chair and former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila, Nokia chair Risto Siilasmaa, the Sampo financial group’s CEO Kari Stadigh and his predecessor, banking mogul Björn Wahlroos. Along with this group, who are among Finland’s wealthiest men, there is former journalist Matti Apunen, now head of the influential pro-business think-tank EVA.

Protesters and conspiracy theorists

This year's hand-picked participants also include Google chief Eric Schmidt, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British finance minister George Osborne, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and former NSA director Keith Alexander.

On Friday the 60 annual Bilderberg meeting attracted protestors criticising its lack of transparency. The populist Danish People's Party has demanded the government account for the full cost of sending police reinforcements to the capital.

Since its inception in 1954, the high calibre guest list, as well as the fact that the mysterious conference is not open to the media, has made it fertile ground for conspiracy theorists who claim it secretly controls world politics.

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