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.
Another active year of the Consular Corps in Finland was opened with the first CC Luncheon in 2019 and with a very special guest. Mrs. Anne-Mari Virolainen , Finland’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, shared her latest views on foreign trade, brexit, trade wars and trade agreements with over 40 representatives of the Consular Corps.
Active Consular Corps Year of 2018 was sealed with the traditional Glögg event, this time at the legendary House of Nobility in Helsinki.
The holiday season of the Consular Corps was started with a nice of touch of Nicaragua, as the event was hosted by. H.E. Ricardo Jose Alvarado Noguera, Ambassador of Nicaragua and Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua and Dean of Consular Corps.
Consular Corps had also a great pleasure to thank Mr. Harry Blässar, emeritus Hon. Consul General of Bangladesh, former Dean and Secretary of Consular Corps for his wonderful and active work with community for decades.
We wish all our members and supporters wonderful Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Consular Corps had a great honour to have Mr. Petteri Orpo, Finland’s Minister of Finance joining the CC Luncheon as the Guest Speaker.
During these very busy times in the Finnish politics, Minister Petteri Orpo joined us to share his visions, views and thoughts and a very active Q&A session about the Finnish politics, many elections of 2019, EU, Brexit, defence, reform in the social and healthcare systems of Finland and much more.
Fifty people from the Consular Corps and Diplomatic Corps joined this event at the Svenska Klubben in Helsinki and we want to thank Minister Petteri Orpo and all the participants for their valuable time and active participation!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.