The exceptional circumstances of 2020 showed in consular assistance
In 2020, the Unit for Consular Assistance provided nearly twice as much guidance compared to the previous year. In the spring, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, personal guidance and advice were given to tens of thousands of travellers stranded abroad. Thousands of travellers were assisted in returning to Finland after air traffic ground to a sudden halt.
Finland seeks membership of UN Human Rights Council
Finland is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2022–2024. The campaign slogan: ”A Diverse World, Universal Human Rights”, underscores the universal nature of human rights. The election will take place at the UN General Assembly in October 2021.
Limited reception of residence permit applications to resume in Finnish missions abroad
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, Finland suspended the reception of ordinary visa and residence permit applications starting on 19 March 2020. The reception of ordinary visa applications continues to be suspended but activities relating to residence permit applications were gradually resumed in the missions on 16 June 2020.
Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Foreign Minister Soini visits Latvia
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Latvia and meet the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga on Wednesday 13 January. The topics of the Ministers' bilateral discussions will include the bilateral relations between Finland and Latvia, regional cooperation, migration and other topical international issues.
Foreign Minister of Latvia to visit Finland
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs will visit Finland on 15 April and meet Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. The Foreign Ministers will discuss, for example, the bilateral relations, the Baltic Sea region cooperation, and topical foreign policy issues, such as the situation in Ukraine.
Finnish PM Katainen: Lapland Retreat 2013 – fresh ideas for Europe
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb host an informal meeting, Lapland Retreat 2013, on 22–24 March in Saariselkä, Lapland. Informal discussions focus on the future challenges of Europe.
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