Foreign Ministry's press releases
Finland to host NATO Hybrid Symposium in Helsinki
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of Finland and NATO will co-organise the NATO Hybrid Symposium at the Santahamina military base in Helsinki on 12–13 December. The event will provide an overview of the topical issue of hybrid threats.
Foreign Ministry’s new campaign encourages Finns to prepare well to ensure seamless travel
Christmas holidays are around the corner and many Finns are travelling abroad. To make travelling as seamless as possible, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will launch a video series on 12 December that reminds Finns of important steps before travelling.
Geneva to host Global Refugee Forum and 75th anniversary celebrations of UN Declaration of Human Rights
The 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 11–12 December in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Refugee Forum will be held in Geneva on 13–15 December. State Secretary Lauri Tierala will represent Finland at both events.
Finland to re-establish Permanent Representation to Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Finland is currently preparing for its chairpersonship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2025. As part of the preparations, Finland will reinstate the OSCE delegation, which operates in conjunction with the Embassy of Finland in Vienna, as Permanent Representation as of 1 January 2024.
National event to discuss role of the UN Declaration on Human Rights in realising all human rights
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In honour of the anniversary, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise, in cooperation with several partners, a national celebration ‘UN Declaration on Human Rights: 75 years of support to everyday human rights actions’ at Helsinki Music Centre on 8 December.
Matilda af Hällström appointed as Special Adviser to Foreign Minister Valtonen
Matilda af Hällström will serve as Special Adviser to Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen from 4 December 2023 to 12 January 2024. She will deputise for Special Adviser Elisa Tarkiainen, who is on leave of absence.