Finland–South Africa relations

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Finland-South Africa relations
Map indicating locations of Finland and South Africa

Finland

South Africa

Finnish-South African relations are foreign relations between Finland and South Africa. Diplomatic relations established May 15, 1949. A South African legation was established in 1967 and relations were then upgraded to ambassadorial level in March 1991.[1] Finland has an embassy in Pretoria, a general consulate in Johannesburg and a consulate in Cape Town. South Africa has an embassy in Helsinki.[1] During World War II South Africa declared war on Finland.[2]

Agreements[edit]

In 2008 South Africa and Finland signed a cooperation agreement to support biosciences projects in the Southern African Development Community.[3]

Apartheid[edit]

Finland was a strong supporter of the dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa.[2][4][5]

Trade[edit]

South Africa exports to Finland fresh and dried fruits, wine, pulp, paper, iron, steel and coal. South Africa imports telecommunication equipment, paper, board products, and machinery from Finland.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Finland". South Africa. Retrieved 2009-05-21. "Diplomatic relations were re-established in 1949. A South African legation was established in 1967 and relations were upgraded to ambassadorial level in March 1991. Finland and South Africa enjoy excellent relations and a Declaration of Intent was signed in June 2000 to facilitate bilateral consultations between South Africa and Finland." 
  2. ^ a b c The Nordic countries and Africa. Nordic Africa Institute. 2002. ISBN 91-7106-505-9. "From 1966 to 1987 when the Parliament of Finland unanimously adopted the South Africa Act prohibiting trade with South Africa the history of Finnish-South ..." 
  3. ^ "Southern Africa: Country and Finland Partner to Support Biosciences Initiatives in SADC". All Africa. December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-21. "South Africa and Finland have signed a cooperation agreement to support biosciences projects in the Southern African Development Community" 
  4. ^ Finland and national liberation in Southern Africa. Nordic Africa Institute. 1999. ISBN 91-7106-431-1. 
  5. ^ Politics on paper: Finland's South Africa policy, 1945-1991. Nordic Africa Institute. 1992. ISBN 91-7106-326-9.