European elections 2019 – advance voting in The Netherlands
In the European Parliament elections of spring 2019, advance voting will be organised in The Netherlands from 15th to 18th May. There will be two advance polling stations. Check advance polling stations and times from the list below. It is also possible to vote by post.
Wandering witches welcome Finnish Easter
Finnish Easter traditions mix religious references with customs related to the long-awaited arrival of spring. If you answer the door on the Sunday before Easter, you may be confronted by endearing little witches offering to bless your home in return for treats.
It is here again! Apply to the thisisFINLAND Foreign Correspondents’ Programme – Alumni Edition 2019!
If you have participated in the Foreign Correspondents’ Programme or Young Journalists, as it was first called in the 90’s, now you might have a chance for another Finland-packed experience. Foreign Correspondents’ Programme – Alumni Edition 2019 starts on June 10th and ends on June 16th, 2019. Check out if you’re eligible and apply now!
Acceptance procedure for public documents is simplified in EU countries
The EU Regulation on simplifying the requirements for presenting public documents will become applicable on 16 February 2019. The Regulation aims to reduce formalities and costs related to the acceptance of documents such as marriage and birth certificates.
Postal voting 2019 - online service for voting materials has been opened
A possibility to vote by post will be introduced in the parliamentary elections of spring 2019. This means that eligible voters who reside abroad permanently (expatriate Finns) and eligible voters who reside in Finland but are abroad at the time of the elections may vote by post. Advance voting will be arranged at Finnish diplomatic and consular missions abroad in the same manner as before.
Finland’s Honorary Consul Helga Mensing retiring from her position
Mrs Helga Mensing has held the position of Honorary Consul of Finland since 1985. Mrs Mensing resides on Curaçao but she has had the jurisdiction over the whole Caribbean part of the Netherlands (Curaçao, Aruba, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustadius). Mrs Mensing has actively promoted Finland’s interests in the area and helped the Embassy in consular issues when needed.
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