Annual General Meeting of Consular Corps in Finland

The Annual General Meeting of the association of Consular Corps in Finland was held in Helsinki on 17 April, 2023. The meeting was opened with a very interesting presentation by Mr. Mika Aaltola, Director of Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

One of the issues to be decided under the Articles of the Association annually is the new Board and we are pleased to share the Members:

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt continues as the Chairman of the Board and Dean of the Consular Corps, as elected for the 2nd chapter of three years in 2022. Other Members of the Board are:

Jukka Luostarinen, Hon. Consul General of San Marino

Jan Nygård, Hon. Consul of Iceland

Jari A. Rastas, Hon. Consul General of Poland

Heikki Rautvuori, Hon. Consul of Jamaica

Timo Palander, Hon. Consul of Namibia

Olli Pohjanvirta, Hon. Consul of Kazakhstan

Kati Tähtinen, Hon. Consul of Spain, Secretary

Outi Merisalo, Hon. Consul of France

Chairman of the Board Johan Grotenfelt thanked Wille Eerola, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan for his work and active input during over five years as Secretary of Consular Corps.

Consular Corps Visit to Tampere region

Consular Corps visited Tampere region on 31 March – 1 April, 2023. The extensive program included e.g. meetings with the representatives of local government, Chamber of Commerce, Business Tampere and Nokia Areena.

Consular Corps wish to express our biggest gratitudes to our consular colleagues in Tampere and further to all hosts for your valuable time and hospitality.

Consular Corps Event at Modern Art Museum EMMA in Espoo

Consular Corps had a great pleasure to visit EMMA museum in Espoo, Finland with an internationally unique collection of Finnish ceramics and glass art, collected by Mr. Kyösti Kakkonen, well-known businessman and Honorary Consul of Hungary who also hosted the visitors into the magic of his collection.

Bridging the gap between art and design, Collection Kakkonen has been brought together over the course of 35 years by prominent businessman and collector Kyösti Kakkonen, subsequently gaining recognition as the most significant collection of unique and limited-edition Finnish glass and ceramics in the world.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps and Hon. Consul of Nicaragua thanked the host, Mr. Kyösti Kakkonen, Hon. Consul of Hungary for wonderful visit.

Collection Kakkonen includes more than 10,000 items, of which 1,300 works are lent to EMMA in a long-term co-operation agreement with specific highlights being exhibited regularly. Design classics and works by some of the most important artists and designers from the golden age of Finnish design (1930s–60s) to today will be exhibited alongside next generation figures, creating an unparalleled insight into the story of Finnish craftsmanship. The exhibition is a collaboration between Kyösti Kakkonen, EMMA and the City of Espoo and it has been curated by EMMA’s curator Aura Vilkuna. The exhibition architecture has been designed by design studio Aivan.

Please click here to EMMA’s website for more.

CC Luncheon with Mr. Antti Kaikkonen, Minister of Defense, as the Chief Guest.

September 20, 2022

The first event of Consular Corps Fall 2022 was held at the Suomalainen Klubi in Helsinki on Tuesday, Sept 20.

Around 30 representatives of Consular Corps joined to listen to some very actual words by Mr. Antti Kaikkonen, Finland’s Minister of Defense, one of the key persons in the current development of Finland towards coming NATO membership.

Minister of Defense, Antti Kaikkonen.
Dean of Consular Corps, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua, thanked Minister for interesting and actual presentation.

Regional Consular Corps gathering in Tampere.

A group of Honorary Consuls in Pirkanmaa Region, Central Finland and Kanta-Häme Region joined for a regional summer meeting in Tampere on August 10, hosted by Ms. Kati Tähtinen, Hon. Consul of Spain in Tampere.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State shared his current overview of Finland’s foreign and security policy, including issues like NATO Membership, technology and international diplomacy. Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps, Hon. Consul of Nicaragua expressed the world of thanks

Day also included a visit to journalist Rauli Virtanen’s exhibition “From Saigon to Kyiv 1972-2022” in Tampere-talo, hosted by Ms. Paulina Ahokas, Managing Director of Tampere Hall.

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.