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: Mr Pasi Patokallio
Website: www.finland.org.au
Email: finland@austarmetro.com.au 

Consulate-General of Finland - Auckland

Honorary Consul-General: Mr Ari J. Hallenberg 
Website: www.finland.org.au 
Email:  ari.hallenberg@nordic.org.nz

Consulate-General of Finland - Wellington

Honorary Consul-General: Mr. Michael Scannell 
Website: www.finland.org.au
Email:  michael.scannell@simpsongrierson.com

Consulate of Finland - Christchurch

Honorary Consul: Mr Barry Greig 
Website: www.finland.org.au
Email: barry@dop.co.nz 

Consulate of Finland - Dunedin

Honorary Consul Designate: Mr Jim Mann 
Website: www.finland.org.au
Email:  jim.mann@otago.ac.nz

Auckland Finnish Society Inc.

President: Minna Vuorinen 
Website: www.finnishsociety.co.nz 
E-mail finnishsociety@gmail.com


Website: www.finnfacts.fi 
E-mail: laura.maanavilja@tat.fi 

Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers.

Website: www.norden.org
E-mail: mk@norden.org (Editor) 

New Zealand Embassy (Te Aka Aorere)

The Netherlands
Website: www.nzembassy.com/netherlands
E-mail: nzemb@xs4all.nl

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