Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020
The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
Six prominent Japanese personalities nominated as Friendship Envoys for 2019
With the centennial anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland coming up in 2019, the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo has nominated six Japanese personalities with special ties to Finland as the Friendship Envoys for the celebratory year. They are: lighting designer Motoko Ishii, ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, actress Satomi Kobayashi, pianist Izumi Tateno, idol singer Ayane Fujisaki and designer Akira Minagawa.
The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo launches Finland-themed stickers to Japan's most popular message application, LINE
The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo, in cooperation with creative consulting company Kotana, launches Finland themed sticker collection to LINE, Japan's most popular message application. The sticker collection, aimed for Japanese consumers, gathers in one place instant messenger-stickers designed by Finnish artists, designers and entertainment companies. The stickers will allow Japanese LINE-users to communicate in a Finnish way.
Suomi Alumni network launched
On Saturday 26th May the first "Suomi-alumni" event for those having lived half a year or more in Finland, was held at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Participants included both exchange students just recently returned from Finland and working people who lived in Finland during the 80's. The event, originally proposed by ambassador Siukosaari, was relaxed and fun: the program included live music, barbeque and Finnish summer games.
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