Events of the Consular Corps

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

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

Consular Corps of Finland join together for 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 in Finland is English.

Coming events

Invitations are emailed separately but please save the dates!

CC Luncheon on 20 November, 2018 in Helsinki with a Minister level Guest Speaker, starting at 11:30am.

CC Christmas Glögg, 17 December at 16:00 – 18:00 in Helsinki, traditional closing of the fall season.

February 2019, CC Luncheon in Helsinki with a Minister level Guest Speaker.

March 2019, CC Corporate Visit in Helsinki.

Please note: 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 Corporate Visit, OP Group, 15 October 2018

October 15, 2018

After a few years break we brought back the tradition of CC Corporate Visits taking the Members of Consular Corps to visit the leading corporations in Finland. It was a great privilege to re-start this long-time tradition with a visit to the OP Group, the biggest Finnish financial house.

OP Group is a financial services group owned by its customers, a cooperative that provides banking-, insurance- and wealth-management services. OP Group has more than 12 000 employees and in the cooperative there are approximately 157 banks.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps in Finland, presented the host of the CC Corporate event, Mr. Timo Ritakallio.

Our visit was hosted by Mr. Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman. He has been one of the key persons in the Finnish financial, banking and insurance sector for years and Consular Corps had a unique opportunity to hear his extensive visions over the financial sector’s presence and future as well OP Group’s activities in the changing environment with new digital technology, AI and beyond.

Mr. Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman of OP Group shared his extensive visions about the future of banking with the Consular Corps.
Representatives of 35 countries joined the event at OP Group at their HQ in Helsinki.

We thank Mr. Timo Ritakallio and OP Group for this wonderful opportunity and truly interesting evening with plenty of interactive questions and discussions around the future of banking and financial sector.


CC Visit to Vaasa, 18-19 September 2018

September 18-19, 2018

Energy and especially sustainable energy production is currently one of the most important issues around the world.  In addition to an extensive history over the centuries, the Vaasa region is nowadays the hearth and hub of energy production development and research in the whole Nordic region.  Just recently, Wärtsilä Corporation launched their plans to build a new advanced “Smart Technology Hub” unit to Vaasa. Vaasa is also one of the major cities in education and academic research in Finland.

Consular Corps in Finland had a pleasure to head to city of Vaasa located in the West-Coast of Finland. With an extensive history and one of the strongest development in Finland currently, Vaasa is also the real hub for all energy technology development in the Nordic region.

The CC Visit to Vaasa, organised by the local Consular Corps, was also the opening of the Fall Season of 2018 for CC Events. The outstanding program included visits to some of the leading companies in the energy sector as well as many new startups working with new advanced solutions for sustainable energy production and distribution.  

Below you will find a few pictures and please click to Consular Corps’ Facebook page for media clips and pictures.

And please click these links to find out more about activities around the energy sector in Vaasa:
Energy Week
Energy Spin

Consular Corps visiting the Wärtsilä factory in Vaasa, 19 September 2018.
Mr. Harry Blässar, Dean of the Consular Corps and Hon. Consul General of Bangladesh, thanked Mr. John Nyfors, Director of Wärtsilä for the great opportunity to visit the Wärtsilä’s factories in Vaasa.
What will be the future of energy business? Discussion about the opportunities, challenges and visions at Energy Spin located in the Vaasan Sähkö’s facilities.
Dean of Consular Corps, Honorary Consul General, Mr. Harry Blässar thanked Mrs. Susanne Slotte-Kock from City of Vaasa for the hospitality and opportunity to visit the dynamic city.
From left: Mr. Pekka Haapanen, Hon. Consul of Estonia in Vaasa, Mr. Harry Blässar, Hon. Consul General of Bangladesh and Dean of Consular Corps, Mr. Wille Eerola, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan and Secretary of Consular Corps. (Picture by Johanna Haveri, Vaasa Insider)

Visit was widely reported in the media too, including e.g. Pohjalainen, Vasabladet, Vaasa Insider, Radio Vaasa and many others. 

CC Spring Event at Kirkniemi Estate

May 22, 2018

Consular Corps Spring Event took place at the beautiful Kirkniemi Manor in Lohja, Finland. An outstanding estate with such an interesting history over the Swedish, Russian and eventually Finnish era during the last centuries.

Consular Corps wish to thank Metsä Group and also our wonderful hosts and superb tour guide for this exclusive opportunity to spend a wonderful afternoon at Kirkniemi!


Consular Luncheon 7 May 2018 with Mr. Erkki Tuomioja as the Guest Speaker

May 7, 2018 at Old Student House – Vanha Ylioppilastalo – in Helsinki

Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland and one of the Founding Members of “Historians Without Borders” association joined the Consular Corps Luncheon with an interesting speech and discussion about the world’s history, facts and fakes, rewritten and retold ones.

Mr. Erkki Tuomioja joined the Consular Corps in Finland for a Luncheon in Helsinki on 7th May, 2018


Mr. Harry Blässar, Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul General of Bangladesh thanked Mr. Erkki Tuomioja for his speech and time with the Consular Corps.

Consular Luncheon with Mr. Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Finland

March 20, 2018, Svenska Klubben, Helsinki

Consular Corps had a great pleasure to have Mr. Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Finland, as the guest speaker at the CC Event of March. Total 60 representatives of 50 countries joined this great luncheon with interesting speech and active Q&A session.

Dean of Consular Corps, Honorary Consul General Harry Blässar thanked Foreign Minister Timo Soini for his great speech at the CC Luncheon on March 20, 2018.




Commonwealth Day Cocktails at B3CF

28 February 2018

British & Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland hosted the Honorary Consuls representing Commonwealth countries in Finland for a Commonwealth Day Cocktails at their office in Helsinki. 

Garry Parker and Vladislav Dobrokhotov from British & Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland presented the current affairs of CW.

Consular Corps Luncheon, 5 Feb 2018

5 Feb 2018 , Helsinki

First Consular Corps event of 2018 held in Helsinki with Ph.D. Lasse Lehtinen as the Guest Speaker.  


Dean of Consular Corps, Mr. Harry Blässar (left) and Ph.D. Lasse Lehtinen, Guest Speaker at the first CC event of 2018.

Mr. Lehtinen, well-known author, politician and historian shared his views over Finland through the decades, from 1910s to present, in his very interesting speech to the Consuls.

Consular Corps in Finland express also its gratitude to Consul Christian Borenius, former Secretary of Consular Corps, for his strong role in the actions of CCs for the last ten years.

Honorary Consul Mr. Christian Borenius, Honorary Consul Mrs. Marja-Liisa Rosberg and Dean, Honorary Consul General, Mr. Harry Blässar.


Consular Corps Luncheon 9 November, 2017

09.11.2017, Helsinki

Professor Henrik Meinander’s presentation about history of Finland and roles of Marshall Mannerheim.

Proferssor Meinanders’s speech with many interestin gextracts of the exciting story about the excursion of the Finnish people through several different stages of its history towards its present standing as an independent nation shared with the representatives of Consular Corps and Diplomatics, this year being a remarkable point of time for Finland reaching today’s festive celebrations of Finland 100 Years of Independence.