About Finland

Finland FlagAround 5.3 million people reside in Finland, with the majority concentrated in the southern part of the country. It is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. The native language for most of the population is Finnish. The second official language, Swedish, is spoken by a 5.5 percent minority. Finland is a democratic, parliamentary republic with a mostly Helsinki-based central government.

FinlandA total of a million residents live in Greater Helsinki (including Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen) and a third of the GDP is produced there. Other major cities include Tampere, Turku, and Oulu.

Finland has seen excellent results in many international comparisons of national performance such as the share of high-technology manufacturing, public education, the rate of gross domestic product growth, and the protection of civil liberties.

Finnish links

Embassy of Finland

Ambassador: HE Ms. Stu Mattila-Budich
Email: consular.CAN@formin.fi  


Consulate of Finland - Auckland

Honorary Consul: Ms. Christina Linton 
Honorary consulates - New Zealand (finlandabroad.fi)

Email:  chris.linton@duncancotterill.com   


Consulate-General of Finland - Wellington

Honorary Consul-General: Mr. Michael Scannell 
Honorary consulates - New Zealand (finlandabroad.fi)
Email:  finland@scannell.law


Consulate of Finland - Christchurch

Honorary Consul: Mr. Brent Rawstron 
Honorary consulates - New Zealand (finlandabroad.fi)


Consulate of Finland - Dunedin

Honorary Consul Designate: Mr. Jim Mann 
Honorary consulates - New Zealand (finlandabroad.fi)
Email:  jim.mann@otago.ac.nz


Auckland Finnish Society Inc.

President: Mari Pettersson
E-mail finnishsociety@gmail.com


Business Finland (based in Sydney)

E-mail: eero.toivainen@businessfinland.fi

New Zealand Embassy (Te Aka Aorere) Stockholm

Ambassador: His Excellency Andrew Jenks   
E-mail: Andrew.Jenks@mfat.govt.nz


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