Finland–Turkey relations

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Finnish–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Finland and Turkey


Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Finland, AnkaraEmbassy of Turkey, Helsinki

Finland–Turkey relations are foreign relations between Finland and Turkey. The Ottoman Empire recognized the independence of Finland on February 21, 1918. Diplomatic relations between them were established on May 20, 1920. Finland has an embassy in Ankara and an honorary consulate general in Istanbul and other honorary consulates in Adana, Alanya, Antalya, Belek, Bodrum, Izmir, and Kayseri. Turkey has an embassy in Helsinki.


In October 2021, in the wake of the appeal for the release of Turkish activist Osman Kavala signed by 10 western countries, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered his foreign minister to declare the Finnish ambassador persona non grata, alongside the other 9 ambassadors.[1] However, the ambassadors did not receive any formal notice to leave the country and Erdoğan eventually stepped back.[2]

In 2022, Turkey opposed Finland joining NATO because according to Turkey it hosts “terrorist organisations” which act against Turkey (including the PKK, YPG and Gulen movement).[3]

State visits[edit]

Guest Host Place of visit Date of visit
Turkey President Abdullah Gül Finland President Tarja Halonen Helsinki, Finland 7–9 October 2008
Finland Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Istanbul, Turkey 6 October 2009
Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Finland Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi Helsinki, Finland 19–20 October 2010
Finland President Tarja Halonen Turkey President Abdullah Gül Ankara, and Şanlıurfa, Turkey 29–30 March 2011
Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Finland Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen Helsinki, Finland 5–6 November 2013
Finland President Sauli Niinistö Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Ankara, and Istanbul, Turkey 12–15 October 2015
Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Finland Prime Minister Juha Sipilä Helsinki, Finland 6 April 2016

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Turkey to declare 10 ambassadors 'persona non grata'". 23 October 2021.
  2. ^ Gall, Carlota (2021-10-25). "Turkish President Steps Back From Expulsions of 10 Western Diplomats". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  3. ^ Toksabay, Ece; Lehto, Essi (13 May 2022). "Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO". Reuters.

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