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.


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

November 8, 2021 – virtual afternoon meeting (Teams) with Ms. Marjaana Sall, Ambassador of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, starting at 3:00pm.  Event will be in English.

November 22, 2021 – corporate visit to Neste Corporation, in Keilaniemi, Espoo. Timing: 14:00 – 16:00. Event will be in English.

December 8, 2021 – traditional Christmas Glögg and discussion event at Finnfund, Helsinki. Event will be in Finnish.

January 13, 2022 – Luncheon with Mr.  Björn Wahlroos, Chairman  of the Board of Sampo Oyj and UPM Oyj, starting at noon in Helsinki. Event will be in English.


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 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.

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.

Picture: Matti Porre / Tasavallan presidentin kanslia / President’s Office

Picture: Matti Porre / Tasavallan presidentin kanslia / President’s Office
Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps with Mrs. Laura Leppänen, Mayor of Naantali

Annual General Meeting with Minister Ville Skinnari as our Special Guest

The Annual Meeting of Consular Corps in Finland, a registered association, was held on April 19 with almost thirty participants, and for the second time virtually due the continuous Covid-19 restrictions.

We had a great honor to have Mr. Ville Skinnari, the Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, as our special guest. Minister’s wonderful and inspiring presentation covered plans and actions to boost the foreign trade in the post-Covid19 era and he also expressed his gratitude for the work Honorary Consuls do both for the countries they represent in Finland, but also delivering knowledge of trade and export opportunities for Finnish companies.

Once again, we want to thank Minister Skinnari for his valuable time and great insights for the future.

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 earlier Board was selected to continue their work also for the next year. Board of Consular Corps in Finland for 2021:

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 here.

First “Corporate View” virtual event with Mr. Panu Routila as our special guest

First event of our virtual series of “Corporate View” was held on 16 February with representatives of over 30 countries, both Honorary Consuls and Diplomats.

In his very interesting presentation, Mr. Panu Routila, our first guest opening this winter season of Consular Corps events in 2021, opened his view on global mega trends in industrial production, recovering of the world’s trade and production in post-Covid19 and different scenarios showing the path to recovery and new growth in the world.

Mr. Panu Routila has decades of experience in the Finnish industry and investment companies, his previous positions include being CEO of Konecranes between 2015-2019 and CEO of Ahlstrom Capital between 2008-2015. Currently Mr. Routila is the Chairman of the Board at Oriola PLC and Patria Group, Member of the Board at Conficap and Ensto as well as Honorary Consul of France in city of Turku.

Thank you all for your participation and active Q&A session!

And please save the date for the next one: 16 March at 3pm with Mr. Mikko Hyppönen, the world’s leading cyber security expert from F-Secure. Invitation are sent shortly.

Virtual meeting with Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol, Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Over 30 Honorary Consuls representing over 20 countries joined the last Consular Corps Meeting of 2020. Reflecting all the changes we have experienced during this year, the CC Agenda was also closed with another virtual meeting.

Head of Protocol share his own valuable experiences of working with Finland’s Honorary Consuls around the world, opened the process of selecting Honorary Consuls to represent foreign countries in Finland and answered plenty of questions around practicalities and processes raised by the audience.

Meeting was hosted by the Dean of Consular Corps, Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Honorary Consul of Nicaragua and moderated by the Secretary, Mr. Wille Eerola, Honorary Consul General of Pakistan.

We want to thank everyone attended and especially Mr. Matti Heimonen for his time, efforts and such a wonderful support to whole Consular Corps in Finland.

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!