Diplomatic relations 70 years


14.11. Opening

Ambassador of Finland in Israel, Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen is launching the Virtual Celebrations


Foreign Ministers' Greetings

Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto is greeting Foreign Minister of Israel Gabi Ashkenazi


Foreign Minister of Israel Gabi Ashkenazi is greeting Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto

Historical Pictures - Slideshow

Historical pictures - slideshow along with Sibelius' music played by Finnish-Israeli Amaya Trio


Dance Performance - Israeli-Finnish Dancers' Duo

Choreographer: Eyal Dadon 

Dancers: Ido Toledano and Joonatan Zaban

16.11. Ambassadors’ interview

In this video, the Finnish Ambassador in Israel and the Israeli Ambassador in Finland interview each other in a zoom conversation and discuss the themes of the anniversary year and a little more. On the phone, Ambassador Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen and Ambassador Hagit Ben-Yaakov.


17.11. Historical Overview - Podcast by Rony Smolar

(in Finnish only)

Journalist Ninarose Maoz is interviewing Mr. Rony Smolar, who is a journalist, an author and the former Head of the Jewish Community in Helsinki. The podcast is describing the history of the diplomatic relations from the view of Finnish-Israeli journalist, who has been closely involved in the bilateral events. The listener is taken for a historical trip, starting from Rony’s childhood memories and pockets full of Jaffa oranges, through the state visits and the Israeli Prime Minister who suddenly disappeared in Finland, until the active co-operation in our days. The podcast is in Finnish but you can find an English summary here and a Swedish summary here.

Finnish Film Weeks Online 21.11.-5.12.

The Film weeks present a special collection of Finnish movies, classics and new productions. The showcase is made in cooperation with Herzliya Cinematheque. You can find the full list of the movies, more information and tickets at https://www.hcinema.org.il/.

The films are geo-blocked to the audience in Israel only.

19.11. Finland in Israel

There is a vibrant and active Finnish community living in Israel. Finns in Israel and the Embassy  have been closely cooperating over the years.  In this video, we present some places in Israel with connections to Finland and Finnish people.

21.11. Opening of Finnish Film Weeks

Finnish film weeks opened successfully on Saturday night! The program includes 10 Finnish movies; classics and new productions. Among the others, three early comedies of the legendary director Aki Kaurismäki: The match factory girl, Hamlet goes business and La vie Boheme. The opening film  Aurora, won this year 7 Jussi prizes (Finnish Oscars). We got also nice greeting video from the director of Aurora, Ms Miia Tervo. The full list of the movies can be found on the website of Herzeliya Cinematheque: hcinema.org.il

Among the films, Herzliya Cinematheque is also presenting some short videos about Finland and Finnish lifestyle, on their website: https://www.hcinema.org.il/nordic-cinema-show-case-2-5-2/

Please note, that an English Edition of the festival will follow shortly. The films are geo-blocked to Israel only.

24.11. Tourism

Tourism has played an important role in cooperation between our countries, throughout the diplomatic history, and travel has brought our people closer. For Finns, for example, Eilat has been a popular holiday destination for over five decades and Israelis have found Finnish Lapland for their winter holidays. According to some statistics, Israeli tourists came second place in the amount of tourists that slept over in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. The trips from Finland to Israel have been around vacations, business, pilgrimage, cultural exchanges and volunteering. Israelis, in addition to winter holidays, have visited Finland to explore its innovative business attracts and opportunities.

In the attached video, the Honorary Consul of Finland, Mr Yuval Yerushalmi sends his greetings for the 70th anniversary celebrations. Mr Yerushalmi has been involved in the Finland-Israel tourism industry more than 40 years and has seen its development very closely.

On Tuesday night November 24, with a video installation of Northern Lights, the Finnish Lapland tourism sent greetings to the Israeli travelers, who year after year came to the far North to experience the winter magic. The lights were projected on the wall of the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv between 19:00-23:00. TV Channel 12 showed the lights in the live newscast on the same evening.

This event was made in cooperation with Visit Rovaniemi Ltd, Jetflite Charter Company, Dave Salutskij Consulting, Finland-Israel Trade Association and the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Photos: Yulia PhotoArt

27.11. Education Webinar Teaser - SAVE THE DATE

Education Webinar 9.-10.12.

On the occasion of 70 years of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Israel, the Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv, together with its Israeli education partners, are organizing an education webinar on December 9-10.

The aim of the webinar is to bring together Finnish and Israeli education experts to discuss the challenges and the opportunities of future education. 10 education professionals from Finland, and about 40 Israeli education experts are gathered together in this unique event. The Israeli partners are Ministry of Education, Kibbutzim College of Education, Levinsky College of Education and The Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI). Levinsky College of Education is carrying out the technical implementation of the webinar.

One of the main themes in the webinar is President of Israel Reuven Rivlin’s Israeli Hope initiative and we are very honored to have Presiden Rivlin’s greetings in the Webinar. We are honored also to have the Ministry of Education in Israel as our partners and Minister of Education Yoav Galant as one of the greeters.

From the Finnish side, the opening words will be given by the Director General of the National Education Board Olli-Pekka Heinonen. Among the Finnish speakers are representatives from different levels and fields of the educational ecosystem: decision makers, researchers and teacher trainers, stakeholders’ representatives as well as practicing teachers. From the Israeli side, the speakers present widely the educational academia from various research fields as well teacher trainers and stakeholders.

If you’re interested to join this celebrative webinar, please sign up shortly since the registration is limited! https://il-fin.levinsky.ac.il/registration/

More information: https://il-fin.levinsky.ac.il/

30.11. Finnish Design in Israeli Homes

The Embassy has been involved in various cooperation projects in the fields of architecture and design between Finnish and Israeli actors, throughout the years. There are surprisingly many Finnish design objects in Israeli homes, too. In 2017, on the occasion of 100 years of Finland’s independency, the Embassy arranged a very unique exhibition "Finnish Design in Israeli Homes" at the Architects Gallery in Yafo. It was to show that quality design is not a luxury but part of everyday life in Finland. The exhibition contained more than 100 objects from more than 60 Israeli homes and was organized according to categories: Glass and ceramics, Furniture and lamps, Textile and jewelry, Kids' corner, Industrial design and "Nostalgia". Among the designers were Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva, Tapio Wirkkala and others, all showing the testing of materials, playfulness of form and sustainable design. The maternity box (in Kids’ corner), included to show design as part of social innovations, drew special attention and a video on its content was also part of the exhibition (credit: Kela).

The exhibition was mentioned also in a beautiful TV insert of the Israeli public Channel KAN 11, which broadly described Finland and Finland100 celebrations in June 2017. As part of our 70 years' celebrations this year, we can re-screen the video, with the courtesy of IPBC- KAN 11. 

2.12. Commercial and innovation cooperation

Around half of Finnish export to Israel is wood, However, Finnish-Israeli commercial relations amount to much more. This short video is providing a glimpse to Finnish-Israeli trade and cooperation around technology and innovation. Thanks to the help of our contributors (ordered by appearance): David Castel, Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, NORD, Nokia Israel, Kone Israel, Yoram Sebba, NewIcon, Helsinki Business Hub and Wolt Israel.