Finnish stamp awarded as world’s best
Finnish stamp awarded as world’s best A Finnish nature-themed postage stamp was awarded as the Best Stamp of the World at the International Nexofil Awards. Designed by Stiina Hovi and based on a photograph by Jari Hakala, the Calm and Tranquil stamp won the first prize in the Best Stamps of the World competition organised in Spain.
Finland improves availability of consular and entry permit services in the Philippines
The services of the Consular Office of Finland in Manila, the Philippines, will be moving to a new location and will be operating from a VFS Global Application Centre (AC). As Finland outsources the acceptance of residence permit applications to the Application Centre maintained by VFS Global, from December onwards residence permit applications can be submitted also in Manila.
Finland grants 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto on 28 November, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The aid will be delivered to the Philippines via the Finnish Red Cross and Finn Church Aid and through the World Food Programme (WFP).
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