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11.9.2020

Travel guidance and entry restrictions amended due to COVID-19

On 11 September, the Government adopted a decision on restrictions on border traffic, which will enter into force on 19 September. Restrictions on entry will be lifted for traffic between Finland and Cyprus, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as for residents of Australia, Canada and Japan who are travelling from their home country to Finland. Restrictions on entry into the country will be reintroduced between Finland and Hungary and Italy.
News
4.9.2020

Q&A about travelling and coronavirus

We have put together frequently asked questions with answers about travel and coronavirus.
News
27.8.2020

New Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service enters into force on September

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a Decree on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service for 2020–2022. The new decree will replace the former Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service (377/2014). The new decree will enter into force on 1 September 2020 and will be valid until 31 December 2022.
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20.8.2020

Entry restrictions and travel recommendations tightened – continue to avoid non-essential travel

In its informal meeting on 18 August, the Government outlined changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Restrictions on internal and external border traffic will be reinstated based on an epidemiological assessment. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Restrictions on external border traffic will be reinstated for traffic into Finland from Ireland, Cyprus and San Marino, as well as to Japanese residents in traffic arriving in Finland from Japan.
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17.8.2020

Visa applications in exceptional cases accepted by missions in limited manner

In accordance with the Government decision, the amendments to the entry restrictions entered into force on 10 August 2020. Insofar as external border control continues, the accepted criteria for entry are the return of persons living in Finland or in another EU or Schengen country and other essential reasons. As of 10 August, an established relationship is also considered an essential reason for entry on the basis of which a visa can be applied for.
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6.8.2020

Changes to entry restrictions and travel recommendations; continue to avoid non-essential travel

At its session on 6 August, the Government decided on changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and the Netherlands, Andorra and Belgium. All persons returning from abroad must take note of the quarantine instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
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23.7.2020

Changes to border traffic and travel recommendations, non-essential travel should be avoided

At its session on 23 July, the Government decided on changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland. All traffic is allowed from certain non-European countries. Persons returning from abroad should follow the quarantine instructions issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
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10.7.2020

Travel restrictions are further relaxed but non-essential travel should still be avoided

Finland allows recreational travel to Finland from those European countries where the number of coronavirus infections is at a sufficiently low level. People are able to travel to these countries and to return to Finland from them without self-isolation. On 15 June, the restrictions on non-essential travel were lifted for Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway and will be lifted on 13 July for Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, the Netherlands, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Vatican.
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24.6.2020

Government plans to lift restrictions on tourism

The Government plans to lift the internal border control from 13 July for those countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is at a sufficiently low level. Based on the current development of the epidemic, internal border control could be lifted for the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
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17.6.2020

Limited reception of residence permit applications to resume in Finnish missions abroad

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Finland suspended the reception of ordinary visa and residence permit applications starting on 19 March 2020. The reception of ordinary visa applications continues to be suspended but activities relating to residence permit applications were gradually resumed in the missions on 16 June 2020.
Press releases
12.6.2020

Everyone has the right to leave Finland; however, non-essential travel should be avoided

Coronavirus and its spread are still a global risk. Starting on 15 June, internal border control and quarantine recommendations will change in respect of certain countries, but it is recommended to avoid non-essential travel to other countries. The changes will apply to travel to Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Although Finland has abandoned internal border controls and quarantine recommendations for certain countries, the country of destination may have its own restrictions on the entry of tourists. Always check the up-to-date entry regulations from the authorities of the country of destination, for example from the country’s nearest mission.
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27.5.2020

Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended

The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
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7.4.2020

If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!

Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
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19.3.2020

Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions

Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Press releases
6.3.2020

Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s Missions are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and they are in constant contact with key actors with regard to the situational picture and any necessary measures.
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29.1.2020

Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020

The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
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21.1.2020

Ministry for Foreign Affairs will phase in a new visa system

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will phase in a new visa system during February and March 2020. After its introduction, visa applications can be processed efficiently, fast and reliably.
Press releases
7.12.2019

Embassy of Finland in Nigeria celebrated Independence Day by showcasing Finnish nature and landscape through exhibition of Finnish photographer Niko Laurila and Nokia Virtual Experience

Finland’s 102nd year of Independency was celebrated in the Embassy in Abuja on Friday 6 December, with a special focus on sustainable development and Finland’s nature through photography and virtual multimedia experience. The exhibition of young Finnish photographer Niko Laurila was opened at the Independence Day Reception, and it will run in the Ambassador’s residence until the end of the year, after which the pictures will be placed at the Embassy with the aim of creating Finnish atmosphere. Finnish nature and cityscape was also available to the guests through a 360° virtual experience provided by Nokia Nigeria, a Finnish telecoms giant.
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28.11.2019

Message from the President of the Republic to expatriate Finns

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22.11.2019

Africa is an important partner

In recent years, African countries have increased their visibility in the eyes of the international community. This trend can be seen also in the priorities of the European Commission’s external relations and Finland’s foreign policy. In the fifth part of the “Sustainable Foreign Policy” series, Maria Kurikkala who leads the Africa Policy Team sheds light on the reasons underlying the current interest.
13.11.2019

New visa sticker for use

All Finnish missions abroad and organisations issuing visas, including the Border Guard, Finnish Customs and the Police, started to use the new EU visa sticker on 11 November 2019
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4.7.2019

Nordic innovations in the limelight in Lagos, Nigeria

Nordic embassies in Nigeria (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) with their partners (Business Finland, Business Sweden ja NORWEP) organized in 22-23 May in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nordic Nigeria Connect for Nordic and Nigerian exchange in business and culture. Previous time a similar event took place in Lagos was in 2012.
News
4.6.2019

Embassy is closed 5-6 June for Eid holidays

The Embassy is closed 5-6 June for Eid al-Fitr. We are open again on Friday 7 June.
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9.5.2019

Nordic-Nigeria Connect – Innovating for Change, 22-23 May in Lagos, Nigeria

The Nordic Embassies in Nigeria – Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark – are collaborating on the second edition of Nordic Days in Nigeria: Nordic Nigeria Connect – Innovating for Change. The event will take place at Radisson Blu, Victoria Island, Lagos, on 22-23 May 2019. The Vice-President H.E. Yemi Osinbajo has been invited to open the event on Wednesday 22 May. Nordic-Nigeria Connect is a unique opportunity for partnership between Nordic and Nigerian actors to innovate for change. Target groups and beneficiaries of this initiative are Nordic and Nigerian companies, investors, government representatives and other interested organisations. In Lagos, world-class Nordic innovation culture meets the Lagosian thriving entrepreneurial scene with the largest number of tech hubs in Africa. More than 30 Nordic companies from several sectors, including education, transport and energy, are participating in the event.
Press releases
18.4.2019

The Embassy is closed for Easter holidays

Due to the upcoming Easter holidays the Embassy is closed on Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April.
News
8.3.2019

Finland has outsourced the submission of visa and residence permit applications to VFS Global on March 5th, 2019

Finland has outsourced the submission of visa and residence permit applications to VFS Global on March 5th, 2019. Visa and residence permit applications must always be submitted in person.
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8.3.2019

Join Nordic statement on International Women’s Day 2019

Today on 8 March, we recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day. This day acknowledges women’s full enjoyment of human rights all over the world as well as the role that women play in the development of society.
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7.3.2019

Finnpartnership’s Doing Business with Finland seminars in West Africa brought together local and Finnish companies in Accra and Cotonou

In February, Finnpartnership together with Embassy of Finland in Abuja and other partners organized Doing Business with Finland seminars in Accra, Ghana on February 26th and in Cotonou, Benin on February 28th. The seminars brought together Ghanaian and Beninese companies with a group of Finnish companies.
News
13.2.2019

Finland improves visa and residence permit application procedures in Nigeria

Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria to application centre (AC) maintained by VFS Global. AC will be opened in Abuja on 5th March 2019.
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23.1.2019

Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria

Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Nigeria. Finland Application Centre maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Abuja in February-March 2019 (Date will be informed later).

Finland contributes most to the greater good of humanity

Finland ranked first in the Good Country Index published on 23 January. The results of the Index indicate that, relative to its size, Finland contributes more to humanity and burdens the planet less than any other country.
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21.12.2018

The embassy is closed 24-26 December and 1 January

The Embassy of Finland is closed during Christmas 24-26 December and again on New Year’s Day 1 January.
News
17.12.2018

The first lactose-free product series launched in Nigeria by Finnish company Valio

Last week, one of the biggest consumer brands in Finland Valio launched their first product in Nigeria. For them, it has been a journey of three years in total in Nigeria, from finding the best distributors to overcoming all regulatory hurdles. Finnish food giant Valio’s global turnover is EUR 1.7 billion. On Wednesday, the Ambassador hosted the launch event at his residence in Abuja and opened the event by talking about the clean and healthy food coming from Finland.
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14.12.2018

Side-accreditation to Cameroon

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11.12.2018

The New Ambassador of Finland Presents his Credentials to the President of Nigeria

This year, the independence day of the Republic of Finland was celebrated in a special way, as the Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, Dr. Jyrki Pulkkinen, on 6 December 2018 presented his Letter of Credentials to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari. Dr. Pulkkinen is the 18th Ambassador of Finland serving in Nigeria. Ambassador Pulkkinen wants to boost bilateral trade and economic relations, especially in ICT and innovation.
News
23.10.2018

The Embassy is at the moment not giving new appointments for residence permit customers

Kindly notice that for the time being the Embassy of Finland in Abuja is not booking new appointments for residence permit applicants due to procedural updates. Please follow our website for updates on when bookings will resume. The embassy is expecting to resume bookings mid-February.
News
4.7.2018

Participant for Foreign Correspondents Program 2018

Bilkis Olushola Lawal will be representing Nigeria in this year’s Foreign Correspondents Program. She is a Lagos based freelance journalist at the beginning of her career. Shola has prior experience in variety of different medias. She has been published in international magazines such as Latterly Magazine.
News
1.6.2018

New Ambassador to Abuja, side accreditation to South Sudan

At the presidential session on Friday 1 June, the President of the Republic decided to appoint Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Jyrki Pulkkinen to serve as Finland’s Ambassador to Abuja, Nigeria, from 1 September 2018.
Press releases
1.6.2018

Ghana and Finland strengthen ICT cooperation

The Minister of Communication of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who was on a two-day visit to Finland on 24-25 May, on Friday in Helsinki held bilateral discussions with her Finnish counterpart, Minister of Transport and Communication Anne Berner. The two Ministers focused on cooperation possibilities in various areas, and agreed that in a digitalized environment connectivity is of the essence.
News
1.6.2018

Nigerian Military Officers Visit Finland

A delegation of 24 officers from National Defence College Nigeria is currently in Finland for a week-long programme, as part of their Geo-Strategic World Study Tour. The theme of the study tour that took place from 19 May to 26 May, is Social Security and National Development in Finland: Lessons for Nigeria. The group is hosted in Helsinki by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as other ministries and the Finnish Defence Forces.
News
8.5.2018

Participants for the Foreign Correspondents Program 2018 have been chosen

The Embassy would like to thank each and every one of the applicants for the thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents Program for 2018. This year we received 317 applications in total.
News
19.4.2018

University of Lagos visits Finland – Looking to Partner with Institutions of Higher Education

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe was in Finland with his team on 15-21 April 2018. The group had an extensive programme with meetings in various institutions of higher education. The Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury discussed with the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellors about their visit to Finland at the convocation ceremony at the University of Lagos on 11th May 2018.
News
6.3.2018

NGO from Niger Celebrated in Finland at the Award Ceremony of the First International Gender Equality Prize

The President of SOS Femmes et Enfants Victimes de Violence Familiale (SOS FEVVF) from Niger, Mrs. Mariama Moussa, on Tuesday 6 February was celebrated at a ceremony in Finland to mark the high-profile International Gender Equality Prize.
News
12.2.2018

The general phone line of the Embassy is in use again

The general phone line +234 (0) 803 785 1150 is now functioning.
News
29.12.2017

Thank you for celebrating our centenary anniversary with us

The Embassy wishes all friends of Finland happy holidays and all the best for the new year! Thank you for celebrating our centenary anniversary with us throughout 2017!
News
18.12.2017

Finnish Ambassador and Nigeria’s Minister of State Praise Bilateral Relations at Finland’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

The 100th Anniversary of Finland’s independence was celebrated in Abuja on 6 December 2017, at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Finland.
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1.12.2017

Minister Visits Ghana and Nigeria with 25 businesses during Finland’s Centenary Anniversary Year

Business interest towards Ghana and Nigeria is definitely growing. Last year’s visit from Finland by a Deputy Minister and around a dozen companies was this November followed by a Ministerial level trade mission and 25 companies in total, including two important funding agencies. The visit coincided with the 100th Anniversary year of Finland’s independence.
News
7.11.2017

Delays in the customer service of the Embassy

For the moment there are delays in legalizing documents due to the change of service provider. The Embassy regrets the inconvenience caused to the customers.
News
25.10.2017

Model United Nations Delegates Visit the Embassy

The Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN) Conference this week convenes in Abuja to deliberate over the issue of cybercrime. The event gathers together hundreds of students from different states in Nigeria, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps. In the official opening of the Conference on Monday, the Ambassador of Finland spoke about the importance of multilateralism, and the role that the Model United Nations plays.
News
23.10.2017

Change of service provider for document verification

The Embassy of Finland wishes to inform all customers that as of 1 November 2017 all documents to be verified for legalization will go through VFS Global instead of Rayfield Consult.
News
18.10.2017

Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo focuses on Solar Power

The opening of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo was held on Wednesday 18 October in Abuja, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre. The two-day event, which brings together businesses, policy makers and others, also houses exhibitors in renewable energy. The Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury gave a speech at the event.
News
9.10.2017

Migration and Mobility discussed in Accra at UNU-WIDER and ARUA Conference

The Helsinki-based United Nations University UNU-WIDER and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) on 5-6 October 2017 held a conference on Migration and Mobility at the University of Ghana in Accra.
News
21.9.2017

Ghana Education Minister visits Finland

The Minister of Education of Ghana Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh visited Finland on 4-7 September 2017. The Minister was in Finland to learn more about the Finnish education system, and to talk about possible cooperation in the area of education.
News
29.8.2017

Vacancy at the Embassy of Finland

The Embassy of Finland is looking for a Chef for Ambassador’s residence from 1 October 2017 onwards, or as agreed.
News
4.7.2017

Finnish Ambassador pays courtesy call to NACCIMA President

Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury paid a courtesy call to the recently appointed National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Mrs. Iyalode Alaba Lawson in Lagos on 30 June 2017.
News
25.6.2017

African diaspora discussed at Nordic Africa Institute and University of Ibadan Symposium

African diaspora discussed at Nordic Africa Institute and University of Ibadan Symposium
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14.6.2017

Minister Anne Berner visits Nigeria – Promotes trade and investment

A ministerial visit from Finland to Nigeria this weekend was firmly focused on trade and investment, as Minister Anne Berner was in Abuja on Saturday 10 June, to take part in the 16th Meeting of Nordic and African Foreign Ministers. The meeting, hosted this year by Nigeria, focused on the theme of ‘Ensuring Sustainable Development through Trade and Investment: The Africa-Nordic Engagement’.
News
13.6.2017

Finland receives recognition at Diplomatic & Executive Awards 2017 in Abuja

The Ambassador of Finland was one of the awardees when the Diplomatic Vista magazine hosted at the Sheraton hotel in Abuja on Tuesday 30 May 2017 for the first time in Nigeria the Annual Diplomat & Executive Night. The Ambassador of Finland, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury received the award for the ‘Diplomat of the Year (Europe) 2017’.
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12.6.2017

Finland stresses education and gender equality at She Forum Africa

The fourth edition of She Forum Africa was held in Abuja at the NAF Conference Centre on 25 May 2017. Among the panelists was the Ambassador of Finland Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury.
News
18.5.2017

Nomination of candidates for 2018 Millennium Technology Prize

The call for candidate nomination for the Millennium Technology Prize 2018 was opened in early April. The prize is awarded every second year for innovations that solve the challenges of the human kind in a sustainable manner. Here is the press release from 3 April 2017.
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15.5.2017

Peacebuilding and Statebuilding highlighted at Nigeria Consultative Conference on the IDPS

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), together with the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) on Thursday 11 May hosted a conference in Abuja. The conference brought together government officials, academia, military, non-governmental actors and diplomats, to discuss the issue of implementing in Nigeria the IDPS principles and instruments for sustainable peace.
News
21.4.2017

Abuja international airport has been reopened

Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja is open again. The airport was closed for a period of six weeks due to runway renovations. The airport was reopened on schedule on 19 April 2017.
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10.4.2017

Finland allocates humanitarian funding to Nigeria

The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland, Mr. Kai Mykkänen, has decided to allocate 2 million Euros of Finnish humanitarian aid through the World Food Programme to Nigeria, where the north-eastern parts are at risk of famine. This is in addition to the 1,5 million Euros that Finland already channeled to Nigeria in December last year through UNICEF.
News
4.4.2017

Thank you for the applications

The Embassy would like to thank all who showed interest towards the vacancy of Receptionist/ Visa assistant. In total we received almost 400 applications. We will contact personally the applicants who are chosen for the interview.
News
30.3.2017

Be Bold for Change – Finland Participates in International Women’s Day Celebrations in Lagos

The Ambassador of Finland celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day in Lagos. She participated a three day programme during 6-8 March 2017, hosted by Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation. The theme of the celebrations was ‘Be Bold for Change – Say NO to Domestic Violence & Gender Discrimination’.
News
28.3.2017

Sixty years of Ghana Celebrated in Finland – Focus on Development, Trade and Investment

The current year is exceptionally important for both Finland and Ghana. While Finland clocks up 100 years as an independent nation, Ghana celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and the diplomatic relations between the two countries reach the ripe age of 40 years.
News
28.3.2017

Finnish author Minna Canth could, and she did

During her wide-ranging and consequential career, Minna Canth advocated for women’s rights and social causes. Her legacy continues; Minna Canth Day is celebrated annually on her birthday, March 19.
News
20.3.2017

Vacancy at the Embassy of Finland

The Embassy of Finland is looking for a Visa & Consular Services Assistant / Receptionist from 17 April 2017 onwards, or as agreed.
News
17.2.2017

One hundred days, ten countries – CodeBus Africa started from Ghana

The coding bus departed on a tour of Africa from Ghana this week. The project takes coding experts to ten different countries during one hundred days.
News
19.1.2017

Abuja international airport will be closed on 8 March for a period of six weeks

According to the Federal Ministry of Transportation of Nigeria, the international airport of Abuja (Nnamdi Azikiwe) will be temporarily closed for the renovation of the runway, for a period of six weeks, starting 8 March 2017. According to the Ministry, during the closure, Kaduna International Airport will be used as an alternate.

News

4.1.2017

Happy New Year on the 100th Anniversary of Finland’s Independence!

The Embassy of Finland in Abuja wishes you a very happy New Year 2017. For Finland, this is a very special year indeed. One hundred years ago, we became an independent nation. It is a privilege to represent Finland in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Liberia during this important time.
News
29.1.2016

Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations Matti Anttonen will lead a Team Finland visit to Ghana and Nigeria

”Besöket är ett ypperligt tillfälle att presentera finländskt kunnande för Nigerias marknad med över 185 miljoner konsumenter och Ghanas med nästan 30 miljoner”, säger understatssekreterare Anttonen.
Press releases
10.7.2015

New Ambassador to Beijing and side accreditations to Slovakia and Ghana

On Friday 10 July, the President of the Republic appointed Counsellor Marja Rislakki as Head of the Finnish Embassy in Beijing as of 1 October 2015.
News
8.4.2015

Secretary of State Stenlund will participate in the Africa-Nordic Meeting of Foreign Ministers in South Africa

Secretary of State Peter Stenlund will deputise Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja in the Africa-Nordic Meeting of Foreign Ministers in South Africa from 9 to 10 April 2015. During the two days, the ministers will discuss topical issues related to Africa and the Nordic countries. The themes of the meeting include African integration and inclusive economic growth. There will be an opportunity for more informal discussion on current international issues over dinner.
Press releases
16.3.2015

Finland grants over EUR 46 million in aid to the world’s humanitarian crises

Finland will donate EUR 46.4 million in humanitarian aid to the world’s worst crisis areas. The aid, granted by a decision of Minister for International Development Sirpa Paatero on 13 March, will be directed to acute emergency situations in Syria and neighbouring areas, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ukraine. Efforts will also be made to alleviate human suffering in countries where protracted crisis situations exist, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen
Press releases
12.12.2014

New side accreditation to Benin

News
1.12.2014

An asymptomatic carrier of the Ebola virus does not spread the disease

Ebola virus disease has become a serious epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Spain and the USA, too. The virus causes haemorrhagic fever whose symptoms include high fever, diarrhoea, headache and bleeding.
News
4.11.2014

An asymptomatic carrier of the Ebola virus does not spread the disease

Ebola virus disease has become a serious epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Spain and the USA, too. The virus causes haemorrhagic fever whose symptoms include high fever, diarrhoea, headache and bleeding.
News
15.5.2014

New ambassadorial appointments to Chile and Nigeria

New ambassadorial appointments to Chile and Nigeria
News
18.6.2013

The Nordic and African countries gathered at Aulanko in summery surroundings

The Nordic foreign ministers met this weekend, 15–16 June, with their colleagues from eleven African countries. The meeting was hosted by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. In addition to the Nordic countries, the participants came from Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The themes discussed at this meeting were the Nordic welfare state, inclusive economic growth and Africa’s conflicts.
News
3.1.2012

Foreign Minister Tuomioja to visit Nigeria and South Africa

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja is set to visit Nigeria and South Africa on January 5-10. The purpose of the visit is to foster links and cooperation with these two countries that have considerable political and economic strength, to lobby for support for Finnish aspirations to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2013-2014, and to participate in the African National Congress centenary celebrations.
Press releases
25.3.2011

New Ambassadors to Nigeria, Zambia and the Caribbean

New Ambassadors to Nigeria, Zambia and the Caribbean
News
24.3.2011

The Government proposes new ambassadorial appointments

On Thursday 24 March, the Government decided to propose to the President of the Republic three new appointments. The President of the Republic will appoint the Ambassadors in the presidential session on Friday 25 March.
Press releases
7.10.2010

Bears get stares on Senate Square

One country – one bear – one artist. Peace and understanding. That’s how the United Buddy Bear statues arrived at Helsinki’s Senate Square. See thisisFINLAND’s slideshow!
News
28.9.2010

Bears get stares on Senate Square

One country – one bear – one artist. Peace and understanding. That’s how the United Buddy Bear statues arrived at Helsinki’s Senate Square. See thisisFINLAND’s slideshow!
News
17.3.2010

Minister Väyrynen encourages entry to Nigerian markets

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen encourages Finnish companies to introduce their products and services on Nigerian markets. “Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is rich in natural resources. We can offer world-class high technology suitable for demanding conditions and solutions, among others, for energy economy, the mining industry, waste management and primary health care,” the minister stated.
Press releases
11.3.2010

Minister Väyrynen to make an export promotion trip to Nigeria

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen will make a visit to Nigeria on 14–17 March. The places he will visit are Abuja, the capital, and Lagos, the economic centre. The minister will be accompanied by a business delegation of more than 20 representatives of Finnish know-how on a broad scale.
Press releases
11.2.2010

Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki a success

The Baltic Sea Action Summit that was held in Helsinki on Wednesday, 10 February was a success in the opinion of the arrangers. The summit attracted a large and high-level group of participants to Finlandia Hall to tell about their commitments to protect the Baltic Sea. The summit was hosted by President of the Republic Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Mr Ilkka Herlin, the Chairman of the Baltic Sea Action Group, who together convened the summit.
News
10.2.2010

Foreign Minister Stubb: Africa should be seen more holistically than before

Africa’s strategic importance is constantly increasing. The continent should not be considered merely from the perspective of development policy but also from wider viewpoints of security and trade, Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb emphasised on 8 February at the launch of the policy paper “Africa in Finland’s Foreign Policy”.
News
18.5.2009

Welcoming remarks at Nigeria-Finland Business Forum by Mr Pertti Torstila, Secretary of State

Pertti Torstila, Secretary of State of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, spoke at the Nigeria-Finland Business Forum at Hilton Hotel Strand, Helsinki, on Thursday May 14, 2009.

Speeches

12.5.2009

Vice President of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to visit Finland

Vice President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan will visit Finland on 14-15 May. Vice President Jonathan will be accompanied by ministers and governors representing various states of Nigeria, and an extensive business delegation.
Press releases
10.3.2009

Foreign Minister Stubb to attend the Nordic–African Foreign Ministers Meeting in Denmark

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb will participate in the Nordic–African Foreign Ministers Meeting, to take place in Helsingør, Denmark on 11–12 March. This informal forum of dialogue has been convened since 2001, the site alternating between the Nordic countries and Africa. At the meeting, the foreign ministers of the Nordic countries and ten African countries exchange ideas on topical issues.
Press releases
7.8.2008

New Ambassadors to Nigeria, to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan

New Ambassadors: Anneli Vuorinen to Nigeria and Timo Lahelma to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.
News
30.3.2007

New ambassadors to Greece and Nigeria

News
15.3.2007

Foreign Minister Tuomioja to attend foreign minister meeting of Nordic Countries and ten African countries in Oslo

Press releases
26.12.2006

EU Presidency Statement on petroleum pipeline explosion in Nigeria

Press releases
29.10.2006

EU Presidency Statement on the crash of the ADC Airlines aircraft near Abuja

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