Annual General Meeting, New Board

We are celebrating our 95th Anniversary this year so a first ever virtual meeting of Consular Corps in Finland matched quite well with the history.

Special thanks to Mr. Pasi Tuominen, Director General of Consular Services at Fiinland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for his wonderful presentation to open the Annual General Meeting, held on May 26.

And we are pleased to announce the new elected Board of Consular Corps:

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.

Traditional CC Glögg Event

The active Consular Corp’s year was closed with the traditional Christmas Glögg event. This year the event was held at the National Archives of Finland with an interesting exclusive tour at exhibition of “Finnish Orders of Merit: 100 Years” (Suomen ritarikunnat 100 vuotta), followed with some warming glögg and talks, hosted by Mr. Jussi Nuorteva, Director General of the National Archives of Finland.

We thank all our members and supporters for this year and we are looking forward to see you all participating actively in the coming events.

Consular Corps event at the Finnish National Agency of Education.

Probably the biggest and most well-known character linked to Finland globally is education – also widely recognized as the best in the world.  Consular Corps had a great opportunity to join an event hosted by Director General of Finnish National Agency of Education, Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen for an interesting title: “What’s cooking? Recent developments in the Finnish education system and policy”.

40 members of Consular Corps attended the event hosted by Mr. Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of Finnish National Agency of Education.

Board of Consular Corps met during the Turku Europe Forum in Turku.

The Board of Consular Corps in Finland hosted its first meeting this fall during the Turku Europe Forum in Turku, Southwest Finland on Aug 29, 2019. Welcoming words were delivered by Mr. Mika Akkanen, Manager of International Relations and Protocol of City of Turku, followed by presentations by Mr. Pekka Kanervisto from Turku University Foundation and Vanhalinna Foundation and Mr. Anders Blom from Turku Europe Forum.

Thank you all for your time, it was a great visit to Turku!

Annual General Meeting of Consular Corps in Finland with a presentation by Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol of Finnish Foreign Ministry

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.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Dean of Consular Corps in Finland thanked Mr. Matti Heimonen, Head of Protocol of Finnish Foreign Ministry, for his wonderful presentation and active Q&A session with the Consular Corps.

CC Luncheon with Mrs. Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development

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.

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, Honorary Consul of Nicaragua and Dean of the Consular Corps in Finland introduced Mrs. Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development.

Traditional CC Glögg, Helsinki Dec 17, 2018

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!

CC Luncheon, 20 Nov 2018, with Mr. Petteri Orpo, Minister of Finance.

November 20, 2018.

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.

Minister of Finance, Mr. Petteri Orpo shared his extensive views on various current issues in the Finnish and European politics with the audience.

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!

Mr. Johan Grotenfelt, HC of Nicaragua and Dean of the Consular Corps chaired the discussions after the Minister Petteri Orpo’s speech.

Dean of Consular Corps, HC of Nicaragua, Mr. Johan Grotenfelt thanked Minister Petteri Orpo with a book describing the best traditional Finnish secrets for fishing.