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

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 events so Ambassadors, Career Consuls and other Diplomates are welcome to join the activities – invitations to all Embassies in Finland  are sent to every event held in English (see below, “Event will be in English” mentioned). 

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.

COMING EVENTS:

Please  save the dates, invitations are sent 2-3 weeks prior:

We are working with the schedules of the coming CC events so please keep checking this page and Consular Corps’s Facebook!

 

Previous events

Please click the links on right for additional details of every Consular Corps event.

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 Luncheon with Mr. Björn Wahlroos

It was a wonderful return of physical CC Luncheons after so many cancellations and changed due the pandemic restrictions and we were very happy to have Mr. Björn Wahlroos with our special guest! Mr. Wahlroos, one of the most influential business leaders in the whole Nordic region, shared his interesting views of the competitiveness of Finland in the European perspective.

Over 40 representatives of Consular Corps and Diplomatic Mission gathered together to the CC Luncheon held at Handelsgillet’s premises in Helsinki. Thank you all for participating!

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul of Nicaragua thanked Mr. Björn Wahlroos for his wonderful speech with a book and calendar of Märket lighthouse, located in the far southwest Baltic Sea region.

Annual general meeting held in Helsinki, with Mr. Pasi Tuominen as the Chief Guest.

The Annual General meeting of Consular Corps in Finland association was held in Helsinki on April 11, 2022. The meeting was opened with a speech by Mr. Pasi Tuominen, Director General of Consular Services at Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua, thanked Mr. Pasi Tuominen for his wonderful speech and interactive discussions with the representatives of the annual meeting.

Annual Meeting decided the issues stated in the Articles of Association and also decided the Members of the Board for this year. We are pleased to announce that the Members of Board of Consular Corps in Finland for 2022:

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. Kati Tähtinen
Member of the Board
Honorary Consul, Spain

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 here.

Consular Afternoon at Finnfund & Finnpartnership

Consular Corps joined a very informative afternoon event at the headquarters of Finnfund and Finnfund, the Finnish governmental investing arms, in Helsinki.

We want to thank Mr. Jaakko Kangasniemi, CEO of Finnfund and Mrs. Birgitta Nevala, Program Director of Finnpartnership and whole team for your great hospitality and very interesting presentations.

Please click here to Finnfund’s and Finnpartnership’s presentations.

Please note: Mr. Timo Palander, Hon. Consul of Namibia and Mr. Vesa Viitaniemi, Hon. Consul of Tanzania, will contact all the Honorary Consuls representing African continent in Finland for practical talks how to support Finnfund’s and Finnpartnership activities in the future.

Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul of Nicaragua, Mr. Vesa Viitaniemi, Hon. Consul of Tanzania and Mr. Timo Palander, Hon. Consul of Namibia, thanked Mr. Jaakko Kangasniemi, CEO of Finnfund and Mrs. Birgit Nevala, Program Director of Finnpartnership.

Visit to Neste Corporation

Consular Corps had a great pleasure to visit the HQ of Neste Corporation, one of the leading companies of sustainability in the world.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua and Dean of Consular Corps thanked Ms. Minna Aila for the wonderful event at Neste Corporation.

Thank you Ms. Minna Aila, Senior Vice President for interesting presentation and event.

Neste is transforming from a regional oli refiner to becoming a global leader in renewable and circular solutions, creating solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. Neste helps transport and cities, as well as customers in the aviation, polymers and chemicals sectors, to make their business more sustainable. Neste is today Finland’s second largest company measured by market capitalization, and the 4th most sustainable company in the world in the Global 100 -ranking by Corporate Knights.

Virtual CC Event on Education

Finland is world-known of its education and Consular Corps had a chance to dive into the secrets of Finnish education with Ms. Marjaana Sall, Ambassador of Education at Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She opened the discussion with a very interesting presentation  ”Key elements of the Finnish education system and lessons learned  on the move to distance learning during the pandemic. What role for digital learning for the future?”, followed by questions and discussions around education, policies, Finnish education export, skills and vocational training.

Big thanks to Ms. Marjaana Sall for such a interesting presentation and talks, thank you all participants!

CC Luncheon with General Timo Kivinen, Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces.

Consular Corps in Finland was honored to have General Timo Kivinen, Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces as our special guest at this first luncheon in so long time. Forty participants were pleased to listen the speech of General Timo Kivinen and joined for great interactive discussion with the Chief of Finnish Defense Forces.

General Timo Kivinen, Chief of the Finnish Defense Forces.
General Timo Kivinen, Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces and Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul of Nicaragua.

CC Fall visit to Tvärminne and Hanko

This year the traditional fall visit took the Consular Corps to Tvärminne research station and Port of Hanko.

Tvärminne
Mr. Johan Grotenfelt (right), Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul of Nicaragua thanked Professor of Baltic Sea Research Alf Norkko for this opportunity to visit Tvärminne station. (Photo by Poppe Taucher, Hon. Consul of Mauritius)
Visit to Port of Hanko was hosted by Mr. Anders Ahlvik (right), CEO of Port of Hanko, Honorary Consul of Norway. (Photo by Poppe Taucher, Hon. Consul of Mauritius)

Meeting with Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland

The Board of Consular Corps had a great pleasure to meet with Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland at Kultaranta, president’s summer estate in Southwest Finland. Meeting was part of the annual planning meeting, this year held in Naantali.

Please read the press release of President’s Office here.

The Board had also chance to visit the Kultaranta garden and art exhibition.

Meeting in Naantali included also discussions with Mrs. Laura Leppänen, Mayor of Naantali.

Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland welcomes the Board of Consular Corps to Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President. Picture: Matti Porre / Tasavallan presidentin kanslia / President’s Office

From left: Mr. Olli Pohjanvirta, Hon. Consul of Kazakhstan, Mr. Jan Nygård, Hon. Consul of Iceland and Mr. Wille Eerola, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan and Secretary of Consular Corps shared the latest development of Consular Corps with President Niinistö. Picture: Matti Porre / Tasavallan presidentin kanslia / President’s Office
Mrs. Marja-Liisa Rosberg, Hon. Consul of Seychelles and Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua and Dean of Consular Corps, thanked President Niinistö for the visit.
Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps with Mrs. Laura Leppänen, Mayor of Naantali