Events organized by the Consular Corps in Finland r.y.

Konsulikunta kokoontuu säännöllisesti lounas- ja muiden tilaisuuksien muodossa ja tapahtumiin ovat tervetulleita kaikki diplomaattikunnan edustajat.

Konsulskåren arrangerar för sina medlemmar månatligen lunchtillställningar med högklassiga föredrag, företags-, samfunds- och landsortsbesök samt visiter på olika länders ambassader.

Consular Corps in Finland hosts luncheons and other events regularly. Members of the Diplomatic Corps of all Embassies in Helsinki are invited to most of the Consular Gatherings. The Career Consul of other Diplomates responsible for the consular activities are meant for participating in the functions but also H.E. the Ambassador is very welcome to attend. The language of the Consular Corps events is English.

Coming events – Invitations are emailed separately but please save the dates! Please note that due the current COVID-19 situation and possible restrictions events might be cancelled or postponed. 

24 October 2020 –  95th Anniversary Celebration of Consular Corps in Finland, Turku, Finland. Afternoon Seminar 13:00 – 16:30, Dinner 18:00-. Additional details, agenda and registration details are emailed to all Members. Please note that the event is held in Finnish.

16 November 2020 – CC Luncheon with General Timo Kivinen, Chief of Defense as our Chief Gues, at 12:30 – 14.30 in Helsinki. This event is held in English.

December 2020 – Traditional Xmas Glögg, details emailed to Members shortly.

Invitations to the events are sent to Members of Consular Corps in 3-4 weeks prior the event. 

Previous events

Please click the links for every monthly CC Event held. Furthermore, we have documented all Consular Corps Events since 1971 and for details of those events held in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and 2010-2015 please click each section showing the full list of each period of time.

CC Event at Sitra, hosted by Mr. Jyrki Katainen

Members of Consular Corps in Finland were delighted to join a physical event after a few months break due the Covid-19 recommended restrictions in Finland and this fresh start of CC Events was opened with an outstanding event with Mr. Jyrki Katainen at the head office of SITRA in Helsinki.

Around 30 participants joined the presentation of Jyrki Katainen, President of SITRA, followed by a lively discussion around future, life, politics and EU.

Thank you whole SITRA’s team and President Jyrki Katainen for wonderful afternoon!

Virtual CC Luncheon with Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

During our history of 95 years we have certainly hosted plenty of luncheons with some of the key persons in the Finnish politics and business as our Chief Guests but yesterday it was the first ever virtual one and with a very interesting and actual guest, Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pekka Haavisto.

Over 40 participants representing all continents and 36 countries joined the virtual luncheon.

We want to thank Pekka Haavisto for his valuable time and wonderful discussions with over 40 members joining this historical luncheon chaired by Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua – virtually and obviously all lunch arrangements were done quite individually.

Mr. Pekka Haavisto (left), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Dean of Consular Corps in Finland, Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua.

With this event we would wish all our Members and Supporters a sunny and warm summer season. Looking forward to see you joining for a new active fall 2020 season!

Annual General Meeting, New Board

We are celebrating our 95th Anniversary this year so a first ever virtual meeting of Consular Corps in Finland matched quite well with the history.

Special thanks to Mr. Pasi Tuominen, Director General of Consular Services at Fiinland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for his wonderful presentation to open the Annual General Meeting, held on May 26.

And we are pleased to announce the new elected Board of Consular Corps:

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt
Dean of the Consular Corps, Chairman of the Board
Honorary Consul, Nicaragua

Mr. Wille Eerola
Secretary of the Consular Corps, Member of the Board
Honorary Consul General, Pakistan

Mr. Heikki Rautvuori
Coordinator of Consular Corps Events, Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Jamaica

Mr. Jan Nygård
Treasurer, Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Iceland

Mr. Jukka Luostarinen
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul General, San Marino

Mr. Jari A. Rastas
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul General, Poland

Mrs. Marja-Liisa Rosberg
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Seychelles

Mr. Timo Palander
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Namibia

Mr. Olli Pohjanvirta
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Kazakhstan

You will find all contact details in our website: http://honoraryconsulates.fi

Traditional CC Glögg Event

The active Consular Corp’s year was closed with the traditional Christmas Glögg event. This year the event was held at the National Archives of Finland with an interesting exclusive tour at exhibition of “Finnish Orders of Merit: 100 Years” (Suomen ritarikunnat 100 vuotta), followed with some warming glögg and talks, hosted by Mr. Jussi Nuorteva, Director General of the National Archives of Finland.

We thank all our members and supporters for this year and we are looking forward to see you all participating actively in the coming events.

Consular Corps event at the Finnish National Agency of Education.

Probably the biggest and most well-known character linked to Finland globally is education – also widely recognized as the best in the world.  Consular Corps had a great opportunity to join an event hosted by Director General of Finnish National Agency of Education, Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen for an interesting title: “What’s cooking? Recent developments in the Finnish education system and policy”.

40 members of Consular Corps attended the event hosted by Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of Finnish National Agency of Education.

Board of Consular Corps met during the Turku Europe Forum in Turku.

The Board of Consular Corps in Finland hosted its first meeting this fall during the Turku Europe Forum in Turku, Southwest Finland on Aug 29, 2019. Welcoming words were delivered by Mr. Mika Akkanen, Manager of International Relations and Protocol of City of Turku, followed by presentations by Mr. Pekka Kanervisto from Turku University Foundation and Vanhalinna Foundation and Mr. Anders Blom from Turku Europe Forum.

Thank you all for your time, it was a great visit to Turku!

Annual General Meeting of Consular Corps in Finland with a presentation by Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol of Finnish Foreign Ministry

Consular Corps was established back in 1925 in Helsinki. The world was obviously all different back then 94 years ago so now it was time to open a new chapter in our history. On 19 March 2019, Consular Corps in Finland was registered into the Finnish Registry of Associations and in the future our practices and decision making process are following our registered Articles of Association and the Finnish Law of Association.

The first ever Annual General Meeting of Consular Corps in Finland was held at the House of Nobility in Helsinki on 15th April and among various issues discussed and decided during the Annual Meeting, our participating Members also nominated our new Board.

After the Annual Meeting we had a great opportunity to hear the insider view on operations of Honorary Consuls around the world, when Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol of Finland’s Foreign Ministry gave his presentation on procedures, his experiences and views on the importance of consular corps supporting the work of Foreign Ministries around the world.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps in Finland thanked Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol of Finnish Foreign Ministry, for his wonderful presentation and active Q&A session with the Consular Corps.