Foreign relations of Finland

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The foreign relations of Finland are the responsibility of President of Finland, who leads foreign policy in cooperation with the government. Implicitly the government is responsible for internal policy and decision making in the European Union. Within the government, preparative discussions are conducted in the government committee of foreign and security policy (ulko- ja turvallisuuspoliittinen ministerivaliokunta), which includes the Prime Minister and at least the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence, and at most four other ministers as necessary.[1] The committee meets with the President as necessary. Laws concerning foreign relations are discussed in the parliamentary committee of foreign relations (ulkoasiainvaliokunta). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs implements the foreign policy.

During the Cold War, Finland's foreign policy was based on official neutrality between the Western powers and the Soviet Union, while simultaneously stressing Nordic cooperation in the framework of the Nordic Council and cautious economic integration with the West as promoted by the Bretton-Woods Agreement and the free trade treaty with the European Economic Community. Finland did not join the Soviet Union's economic sphere (Comecon) but remained a free-market economy and conducted bilateral trade with the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Finland unilaterally abrogated the last restrictions imposed on it by the Paris peace treaties of 1947 and the Finno-Soviet Agreement of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance. The government filed an EU membership application three months after the dissolution of the USSR and became a member in 1995. Finland did not attempt to join NATO, even though post-Soviet countries on the Baltic Sea and elsewhere joined. Nevertheless, defence policymakers have quietly converted to NATO equipment and contributed troops.

President Martti Ahtisaari and the coalition governments led Finland closer to the core EU in the late 1990s. Finland was considered a cooperative model state, and Finland did not oppose proposals for a common EU defence policy.[2] This was reversed in the 2000s, when Tarja Halonen and Erkki Tuomioja made Finland's official policy to resist other EU members' plans for common defense.[2] However, Halonen allowed Finland to join European Union Battlegroups in 2006 and the NATO Response Force in 2008.

Relations with Russia are cordial and common issues include bureaucracy (particularly at the Vaalimaa border crossing), airspace violations, development aid Finland gives to Russia (especially in environmental problems that affect Finland), and Finland's energy dependency on Russian gas and electricity. Behind the scenes, the administration has witnessed a resurrection of Soviet-era tactics. The National Security Agency, SUPO, estimates that the known number of Russian agents from SVR and GRU now exceeds Cold War levels and there are unknown numbers of others.[3]

History[edit]

After independence from Russia in 1917, the Finnish Civil War, including interventions by Imperial Germany and Soviet Russia, and failure of the Communist revolution, resulted in the official ban on Communism, and strengthening relations with Western countries. Overt alliance with Germany was not possible due to the result of the First World War, but in general the period of 1918 to 1939 was characterised by economic growth and increasing integration to the Western world economy. Relations with Soviet Russia from 1918 to 1939 were icy; voluntary expeditions to Russia called heimosodat ended only in 1920. However, attempts to establish military alliances were unsuccessful. Thus, when the Winter War broke out, Finland was left alone to resist the Soviet attack. Later, during the Continuation War, Finland declared "co-belligerency" with Nazi Germany, and allowed Northern Finland to be used as a German attack base. The peace settlement in 1944 with the Soviet Union led to the Lapland War in 1945, where Finland fought Germans in Northern Finland.

From the end of the Continuation War with the Soviet Union in 1944 until 1991, the policy was to avoid superpower conflicts and to build mutual confidence with the Western powers and the Soviet Union. Although the country was culturally, socially, and politically Western, Finns realised they had to live in peace with the USSR and take no action that might be interpreted as a security threat. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 opened up dramatic new possibilities for Finland and has resulted in the Finns actively seeking greater participation in Western political and economic structures. The popular support for the strictly self-defensive doctrine remains.

2000 constitution[edit]

In the 2000 constitution, where diverse constitutional laws were unified into one statute, the leading role of the President was slightly moderated. However, because the constitution still stipulates only that the President leads foreign policy and the government internal policy, the responsibility over European Union affairs is not explicitly resolved. Implicitly this belongs to the powers of the government. In a cohabitation situation as with Matti Vanhanen's recent second government right-wing government and left-wing President Tarja Halonen, there can be friction between government ministers and the president.

The arrangement has been criticised by Risto E.J. Penttilä for not providing a simple answer of who's in charge.[2]

Multilateral Relations[edit]

Finnish foreign policy emphasises its participation in multilateral organisations. Finland joined the United Nations in 1955 and the European Union in 1995. As noted, the country also is a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace as well as an observer in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Western European Union. The military has been prepared to be more compatible with NATO, as co-operation with NATO in peacekeeping is needed, but military alliance does not have popular support.

In the European Union, Finland is a member of the Eurozone, and in addition, the Schengen treaty abolishing passport controls. 60% of foreign trade is to the EU. Other large trade partners are Russia and the United States.

Finland is well represented in the UN civil service in proportion to its population and belongs to several of its specialised and related agencies. Finnish troops have participated in United Nations peacekeeping activities since 1956, and the Finns continue to be one of the largest per capita contributors of peacekeepers in the world. Finland is an active participant in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and in early 1995 assumed the co-chairmanship of the OSCE's Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Cooperation with the other Scandinavian countries also is important to Finland, and it has been a member of the Nordic Council since 1955. Under the council's auspices, the Nordic countries have created a common labor market and have abolished immigration controls among themselves. The council also serves to coordinate social and cultural policies of the participating countries and has promoted increased cooperation in many fields.

In addition to the organisations already mentioned, Finland is a member of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the International Finance Corporation, the International Development Association, the Bank for International Settlements, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council of Europe, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Finland has moved steadily towards integration into Western institutions and abandoned its formal policy of neutrality, which has been recast as a policy of military nonalliance coupled with the maintenance of a credible, independent defence. Finland's 1994 decision to buy 64 F-18 Hornet fighter planes from the United States signalled the abandonment of the country's policy of balanced arms purchases from Communist countries and Western countries.

In 1994, Finland joined NATO's Partnership for Peace; the country is also an observer in the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. Finland became a full member of the European Union (EU) in January 1995, at the same time acquiring observer status in the EU's defence arm, the Western European Union.

Generally, Finland has abided by the principle of neutrality and has good relations with nearly all countries, as evidenced by the freedom of travel that a Finnish passport gives.

Europe[edit]

Baltic States[edit]

With the exception of Russia, all neighboring and Baltic states are members of the European Union or the Nordic Council, both of which free movement of persons and capital between the countries.

 Estonia[edit]

Finland's main language, Finnish, is related to Estonian, and there is and has been a certain feeling of kinship. 76% of Finns have visited Estonia and in 2004, 1.8 million Finns reported visiting Estonia. Finnish and Swedish investors are the largest foreign investors in Estonia.[4] Both Finland and Estonia are members of the European Union and the Schengen agreement, freeing international travel and trade between the countries.

Finland's government recognised Estonia's independence in 1920. In response to the Soviet invasion, diplomatic missions were de facto removed. However, when Estonia declared independence, this "temporary obstruction" was resolved. Both countries restored diplomatic relations on August 29, 1991. Finland has an embassy in Tallinn and an honorary consulate in Tartu. Estonia has an embassy in Helsinki and five honorary consulates in Oulu, Turku, Raseborg, Tampere and Kotka.

Finland contributed and continues to contribute military aid to Estonia; e.g. training of officers, provision of equipment.

 Latvia[edit]

 Lithuania[edit]

 Germany[edit]

 Poland[edit]

 Russia[edit]

Relations with Russia are peaceful. Finland imports a lot of goods and basic necessities, such as fuel, and the two nations are agreeing on issues more than disagreeing on them. Russia has an embassy in Helsinki and a consulate-general in Mariehamn. Finland has an embassy in Moscow, a consulate-general in Saint Petersburg, and two branches of the consulate (in Murmansk and Petrozavodsk).

Finland was a part of the Russian Empire for 108 years, after being annexed from the Swedish empire. Discontent with Russian rule, Finnish national identity, and World War I eventually caused Finland to break away from Russia, taking advantage of the fact that Russia was withdrawing from World War I and a revolution was starting in earnest. Following the Finnish Civil War and October revolution, Russians were virtually equated with Communists and due to official hostility to Communism, Finno-Soviet relations in the period between the world wars remained tense. Voluntary activists arranged expeditions to Karelia (heimosodat), which ended when Finland and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Tartu in 1920. However, the Soviet Union did not abide by the treaty when they blockaded Finnish naval ships. Finland was attacked by the USSR in 1939. Finland fought the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Soviet Union in World War II. During these wars the Finns suffered 90,000 casualties and inflicted severe casualties on the Russians (120,000 dead in the Winter War and 200,000 in the Continuation War).

Contemporary issues include problems with border controls causing persistent truck queues at the border, airspace violations, pollution of the Baltic Sea, and Russian duties on exported wood to Finland's pulp and paper industry. Right-wing commentators accuse the government of continuing the policy of Finlandisation.

Relations With the Soviet Union[edit]

The principal architect of the post-1944 foreign policy of neutrality was J.K. Paasikivi, who was President from 1946 to 1956. Urho Kekkonen, President from 1956 until 1981, further developed this policy, stressing that Finland should be active rather than passive neutral. This policy is now popularly known as the "Paasikivi-Kekkonen Line".

Finland signed the Paris Peace Treaty with the Allies in February 1947, which:

The development from the Abyssinia crisis, indicating the failure of the League of Nations, to the Paris Peace Treaty, when the last hope of more than oral support from the ideologically akin Western countries faded, convinced the Finns that they had absolutely no-one other than themselves to rely on in their problematic relations with the Soviet Union.

The Finnish Army, which in defence against the Soviet Union had numbered to over 500,000, was to be limited to 34,400 men, the navy to 4,500 men and 10,000 tons[ambiguous], and the air force to 3,000 men and 60 planes. With this provision the Western Allies had, seemingly, left Finland in the Soviet Union's power.

The political clauses of the Paris Peace Treaty were particularly alienating. Through this clause, the Allies agreed to the Kremlin view that the Soviet Union represented "Liberty" and Finland represented "Fascism". The peace treaty stipulated that the country should take all measures necessary to secure "human rights and the fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, of press and publication, of religious worship, of political opinion and of public meeting." Finland's government undertook further to prevent the resurgence of Fascist organisations or any others, "whether political, military or semi-military, whose purpose it is to deprive the people of their democratic rights." In practice, the "anti-fascist" clauses had few practical effects. Most significantly, the extreme left was no longer officially banned and was allowed to participate in elections (as SKDL). The victor's interpretation of "Fascist organisations" turned out to be wide: the voluntary reserve training organizations Suojeluskunnat and Lotta Svärd were banned.

Reassurance[edit]
(See also: Finlandization)

For the survival of Finland as an independent sovereign country, firmly embracing the values of democracy, human and civil rights, Finland had to find a formula to convince Joseph Stalin and his successors that the Soviet Union's vital interests could be met voluntarily by the Finns. This was the gist of the Paasikivi doctrine.

In April 1948, Finland signed an Agreement of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance with the Soviet Union. Under this mutual assistance pact, Finland was obliged—with the aid of the Soviet Union, if requested by Finland, not unilaterally by the USSR—to resist armed attacks by Germany or its allies against Finland or against the USSR through Finland. At the same time, the agreement recognised Finland's desire to remain outside great-power conflicts. This agreement was renewed for 20 years in 1955, in 1970, and again in 1983 to the year 2003. In practice, this prevented Finland from joining NATO. Also, President Urho Kekkonen gained a disproportionate political advantage over his opponents by monopolizing this policy.

Finland responded cautiously in 1990–91 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. They unilaterally abrogated restrictions imposed by the 1947 and 1948 treaties, joined in voicing Nordic concern over the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and gave increasing unofficial encouragement to Baltic independence.

At the same time, by replacing the Soviet-Finnish mutual assistance pact with treaties on general cooperation and trade, Finns put themselves on an equal footing while retaining a friendly bilateral relationship. Finland now is boosting cross-border commercial ties and touting its potential as a commercial gateway to Russia. It has reassured Russia that it will not raise claims for Finnish territory seized by the USSR, and continues to reaffirm the importance of good bilateral relations.

Although the Karelian question in Finnish politics remains in the public debate, irredentists have persistently failed to gain support from the majority of the populace, political establishment or political parties.

 Sweden[edit]

Finland and Sweden have always had very close relations, resulting from shared history, numerous commonalities in society and politics, and close trade relations. A newly appointed Foreign Minister makes his or her first state visit to Sweden. Finnish politicians often consider Sweden's reaction to international affairs first as a base for further actions, and thus finally both countries often agree on such issues. If there has ever been any dissonance between the two countries those were the Åland question in the early 1920s and the Swedish neutrality during the Winter War. Both Finland and Sweden are members of the European Union and the Schengen agreement, freeing international travel and trade between the countries. Furthermore both participate in the Nordic Council, which grants Swedish nationals slightly more extensive rights than the EU/Schengen treaties alone.

Other European states[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Austria July 19, 1918 See Foreign relations of Austria
 Belgium July 9, 1919 See Foreign relations of Belgium
 Bulgaria August 5, 1918
 Croatia February 19, 1992 See Foreign relations of Croatia
 Cyprus September 2, 1961
 Czech Republic January 1, 1993 See Foreign relations of the Czech Republic
 Denmark February 18, 1918
 France January 24, 1918
 Hungary May 20, 1947
 Iceland August 15, 1947 See Finland–Iceland relations
 Ireland November 2, 1961
 Italy September 6, 1919
 Kosovo February 3, 2009

Finland recognised Kosovo March 7, 2008.[20][21] Finland maintains an Embassy in Pristina.[22]

 Luxembourg October 25, 1921
 Netherlands August 18, 1918
 Norway April 6, 1918
 Portugal January 10, 1920
 Romania October 14, 1949
 Serbia 1929
 Slovakia January 1, 1993
 Slovenia February 17, 1992
  • Finland recognised Slovenia on January 17, 1992.
  • Finland has an embassy and an honorary consulate in Ljubljana.
  • Slovenia has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Both countries are full members of the European Union.

Tensions between the countries rose in late 2008 when a news program on Finland's national broadcasting company stattion YLE accused Finnish weapons manufacturer Patria of bribing Slovenian officials to secure an arms deal. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa formally complained to the Finnish ambassador in Ljubljana.[33] This controversy became known as the Patria case.

 Spain August 16, 1918
 Turkey May 20, 1920
 Ukraine February 26, 1992
 United Kingdom May 6, 1919[40]

Americas[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Argentina May 11, 1918
 Antigua and Barbuda September 26, 2008
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Antigua and Barbuda.
 Bahamas December 2, 2005
  • Finland's embassy in Ottawa, Canada attends to consular matters relating to The Bahamas.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Nassau.
 Barbados December 1, 1977
 Belize June 19, 1997
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Belize.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Belize City.
 Bolivia September 21, 1963
  • Bolivia has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finland has an embassy in La Paz.
 Brazil December 26, 1919 See Foreign relations of Brazil
 Canada November 21, 1947 See Foreign relations of Canada
 Chile June 17, 1919 See Chile–Finland relations

Chile recognised Finland's independence on June 17, 1919. Diplomatic relations between them were established in 1931 and have been continuously maintained, despite pressures at times to discontinue them.[45] The two countries maintain resident ambassadors in both capitals.[45]

 Colombia May 26, 1954
  • Colombia is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm (Sweden).
  • Finland is represented through its embassy in Lima (Peru).

The relations between Colombia and Finland are harmonious as both countries share a similar ideology based on democracy, human rights and a lasting peace. It's because of this that Colombia has decided to open an embassy in Helsinki. Colombia also defines Finland as a key player on Colombia's accession into the OECD and the ratification of the Colombia-European Union Trade Agreement.[46]

 Costa Rica August 23, 1966
  • Costa Rica is represent in Finland by their embassy in Oslo, Norway.
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Costa Rica.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general and honorary vice-consulate in San José.
 Cuba January 23, 1959
  • Cuba is represented in Finland by their embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Cuba.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Havana.
 Dominica August 18, 2009
  • Finland has an honorary consulate in Roseau.
 Dominican Republic January 2, 1984
  • The Dominican Republic is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland has an honorary consulate general in Santo Domingo.
 Ecuador February 5, 1965
  • Ecuador is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland's embassy in Lima, Peru attends to consular matters relating to Ecuador.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Guayaquil and Quito.
 El Salvador April 14, 1967
  • El Salvador is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to El Salvador.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate and an honorary vice-consulate in San Salvador.
 Grenada June 1, 1980
  • Grenada is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in St. George's.
 Guatemala August 18, 1967
  • Guatemala is represented in Finland by their embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Guatemala City.
 Guyana April 2, 1979
  • Guyana is represented in Finland by their embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Georgetown.
 Haiti September 29, 1966
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Haiti.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Port-au-Prince.
 Honduras January 30, 1976
  • Honduras is represented in Finland by their embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Honduras.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Tegucigalpa and an honorary consulate in San Pedro Sula.
 Jamaica December 1, 1977
 Mexico December 5, 1937 See Finland–Mexico relations

Mexico recognized the independence of Finland in July, 1920.

 Nicaragua December 22, 1975 See Finland–Nicaragua relations
 Panama December 1, 1975
  • Panama is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland's embassy in Mexico City, Mexico attends to consular matters relating to Panama.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Panama City.
 Paraguay November 20, 1963
  • Paraguay is represented in Finland by their embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland's embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina attends to consular matters relating to Paraguay.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Asunción.
 Peru March 29, 1963
  • Peru has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finland has an embassy in Lima.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulates in Arequipa, Cusco and Lima.
 Saint Kitts and Nevis September 22, 2009
  • Finland has an honorary consulate in Basseterre.
 Saint Lucia September 22, 2009
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Castries.
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines January 30, 1976
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Kingstown.
 Suriname June 28, 2005
  • Finland's embassy in Brasília, Brazil attends to consular matters relating to Suriname.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Paramaribo.
 Trinidad and Tobago December 17, 1971
  • Trinidad and Tobago is represented in Finland by their embassy in London, United Kingdom.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Barataria.
 United States May 30, 1919[40] See Finland – United States relations

Relations between the United States and Finland are warm. Some 200,000 US citizens visit Finland annually, and about 3,000 US citizens are resident there. The US has an educational exchange program in Finland that is comparatively large for a Western European country of Finland's size. It is financed in part from a trust fund established in 1976 from Finland's final repayment of a US loan made in the aftermath of World War I.

Finland is bordered on the east by Russia and, as one of the former Soviet Union's neighbours, has been of particular interest and importance to the US both during the Cold War and in its aftermath. Before the USSR dissolved in 1991, longstanding US policy was to support Finnish neutrality while maintaining and reinforcing Finland's historic, cultural, and economic ties with the West. The US has welcomed Finland's increased participation since 1991 in Western economic and political structures.

Economic and trade relations between Finland and the United States are active and were bolstered by the F-18 purchase. US-Finland trade totals almost $5 billion annually. The US receives about 7% of Finland's exports — mainly wood pulp and paper, ships, machinery, electronics and instruments and refined petroleum products[51] — and provides about 7% of its imports — principally computers, semiconductors, aircraft, and machinery.

 Uruguay March 21, 1935
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finland's embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina attends to consular matters relating to Uruguay.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate general in Montevideo.
 Venezuela March 31, 1954
  • Venezuela has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finland's embassy in Santiago de Chile, Chile while the embassy in Lima, Chile attends to consular matters relating to Venezuela.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulates in Caracas, Maracaibo, Porlamar and Puerto Ordaz.

Africa[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Algeria January 18, 1963
  • Algeria is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland has an embassy in Algiers.
 Angola September 18, 1976
  • Angola is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Finland is represented in Angola through its embassy in Maputo, Mozambique.
  • Finland also has an honorary consulate in Luanda.
 Botswana July 1, 1978
 Burkina Faso July 1, 1978
 Burundi January 1, 1980
 Egypt See Foreign relations of Egypt
 Ethiopia July 17, 1959 See Ethiopia–Finland relations

Ethiopia is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland has an embassy in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is one of Finland's long-term development partners and in the water and education sectors.[52] On 29 April 2009, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development announced that the Finnish government had made a grant of 11.4 million euros to enable the Benishangul-Gumuz Region to upgrade its capacity to plan and manage its rural water supply and sanitation program to achieve universal access for all Ethiopians.[53]

 Kenya June 14, 1965
 Morocco July 17, 1959
 Mozambique July 18, 1975
 Namibia March 21, 1990 See Finland–Namibia relations

Finland recognised Namibia on March 21, 1990. Both countries established diplomatic relations on the same day. Namibia is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland has an embassy in Windhoek and an honorary consulate in Walvis Bay.

 South Africa May 15, 1949 See Finland – South Africa relations

A South African legation was established in 1967 and relations were then upgraded to ambassadorial level in March 1991.[55] Finland has an embassy in Pretoria, a general consulate in Johannesburg, and a consulate in Cape Town. South Africa has an embassy in Helsinki.[55] During World War II South Africa declared war on Finland.[56]

Finland was a strong supporter of the dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa.[56][57][58]

South African exports to Finland include fresh and dried fruits, wine, pulp, paper, iron, steel, and coal. South Africa imports telecommunication equipment, paper, board products, and machinery from Finland.[55]

 Tanzania June 14, 1965
 Tunisia July 17, 1959
 Zambia March 8, 1968

Asia[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Afghanistan May 11, 1956
 Armenia March 25, 1992
  • Finland recognised Armenia on December 30, 1991.
  • Armenia is represented in Finland by a non-resident ambassador (based in Yerevan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  • Finland is represented in Armenia by a non-resident ambassador (based in Helsinki at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and an honorary consulate in Yerevan.
  • Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: relations with Armenia
 Georgia July 8, 1992
 India October 1, 1949
 Indonesia September 6, 1954
 Iran See Finland–Iran relations
 Israel November 14, 1950 See Finland–Israel relations
 Japan September 6, 1919
 Malaysia 1972 See Finland–Malaysia relations
   Nepal August 30, 1955
 People's Republic of China See People's Republic of China – Finland relations

The two international trade organisations are the Finland-China Trade Association and the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). One of the fastest growing areas of trade between the two countries is in environmental protection.[1][2] and information technology. Nokia is the largest Finnish investor in China.

 Saudi Arabia September 23, 1969
 South Korea August 24, 1973
 Syria May 22, 1953
 Thailand June 21, 1954
 Turkey May 20, 1920
 Vietnam January 5, 1973

Oceania[edit]

 Australia[edit]

Diplomatic relations were established on May 31, 1949. Australia is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, and through an honorary consulate in Helsinki. Finland has an embassy in Canberra and a consulate in Sydney.

International organization participation[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  58. ^ Politics on paper: Finland's South Africa policy, 1945-1991. Nordic Africa Institute. 1992. ISBN 91-7106-326-9. 
  59. ^ Embassy of Finland in Tunis (in Finnish, Swedish, French, and English)
  60. ^ Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo, Norway
  61. ^ Embassy of Finland in Kabul
  62. ^ http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=162964&nodeid=17502&contentlan=2&culture=en-US
  63. ^ Indian embassy in Helsinki
  64. ^ Embassy of Indonesia in Helsinki
  65. ^ Embassy of Finland in Jakarta (in Finnish, Swedish, and English)
  66. ^ http://www.iccim.ir/fa/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=503&Itemid=28
  67. ^ Embassy of Finland in Iran
  68. ^ Finnish embassy in Tel Aviv
  69. ^ Israeli embassy in Helsinki
  70. ^ "Premises". Embassy of Finland, Kuala Lumpur. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  71. ^ "Official Website of Embassy of Malaysia, Helsinki". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  72. ^ Finnish Embassy in Riyadh
  73. ^ http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=102596&d=19&m=10&y=2007&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom
  74. ^ Embassy of Syria in Stockholm, Sweden
  75. ^ Embassy of Finland in Bangkok
  76. ^ Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki

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