Finland and India are not that far away neighbors. The direct flight from Helsinki to New Delhi only takes about six hours. Indeed, the diverse interaction between the two countries has increased.
We here at the Embassy do our best to deepen the cooperation, trade and economic ties between Finland and India. We also follow India’s vibrant domestic policy, its awe-inspiring development as well as foreign and security policy. We strive to see behind the obvious in order to better understand what is happening and why. We cannot, however, predict the future.
Finland has a good reputation in India – we are a country of quality, purity and world-class education – but even a top-notch reputation will not last without proper care. Hence we do our best to make ourselves seen and heard in India! Business Finland also operates on the Embassy platform. In addition, the Embassy is in charge of immigration, visa and consular issues. There is no shortage of Indian travelers and business representatives going to Finland, which is excellent news!
Our Embassy is of “medium size” on the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s scale, meaning a staff consisting of about 30 Finnish and Indian officials altogether. We have a wonderful personnel. Finland also has four Honorary Consuls in India, located in the metropolises of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. The Finnish Ambassador to India is also side-accredited to Bangladesh, where a Finnish Honorary Consul General is present as well. The Honorary Consuls are an irreplaceable resource for the Embassy.
The Finnish Embassy Compound is located in the leafy neighborhood of Chanakyapuri. All buildings in the compound are designed by Finnish architects Raili and Reima Pietilä, and were inaugurated in the mid-1980’s. The massive renovation project of the compound commenced in summer 2016 and is to be finished during autumn 2018.
I am happy to serve as the Ambassador of Finland in India and represent Finland in a vibrant, forward-looking country.
You are warmly welcome to visit us and get acquainted with our activities.
You are always welcome to visit us!