Also, Brexit's impact on stock markets and foreign exchange markets may be overestimated, Niinistö said, expressing hopes that the EU market will soon come back to normal and recover from the shock. Meanwhile, shares on the Helsinki Stock Exchange sank about six percent following the British referendum, reaching its lowest level in five years. At the same time, Niinistö admitted that Brexit was not to joke about.
"Brexit is a serious message that says the EU is not eternal, even though we already got accustomed to the union," President Sauli Niinistö told the Finnish newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet.
"I haven't heard anything of this kind from there — only the celebrations of young Finns Party members," Niinistö commented, referring to the petition for a Brexit-style referendum, launched and authored by the party's youth wing leader Sebastian Tynkkynen. So far, the petition has harvested over 22,000 signatures in less than a week. Remarkably, the far-right populist Finns Party leader and current Foreign Minister Timo Soini, who a decade ago ran for presidency with a slogan "Where there is the EU, there is a problem," remained calm and added that the UK's decision must be respected.
"For me it has been clear that a referendum won't be organized. We have voted on it once and we Finns believe in one time," Sipilä told Yle.
In April, Finnish lawmakers held a rare debate on whether the Nordic country should quit the euro after 53,000 people signed a petition by former PM and long-standing EU critic Paavo Väyrynen.