Finland and Poland – 100 years together

Finland and Poland – 100 years together

This year Finland and Poland are celebrating the 100 years of their diplomatic relations.

The First World War and the collapse of huge empires meant freedom for many nations of Europe, including the Polish and Finnish nations. Finland declared its independence in 1917 and Poland, right after the Great War had come to its end, in November 1918. Finland welcomed Poland among the independent nations and recognized Poland in March 1919. In 1920, the countries exchanged envoys.

In the post-war Europe, both Finland and Poland shared similar interests economically and politically, which lead to establishment of active diplomatic relations between the countries. Nowadays, both countries are part of the EU and share many common interests, like e.g. strengthening the internal market and competitiveness, trade policy and external security. Poland is among TOP10 trading partners of Finland and the bilateral trade has developed extremely well in recent years. The Union of Finland-Poland Associations promotes cultural initiatives in both countries. For summer holidays, Finns quite often choose Polish seaside, whereas in wintertime more and more Poles travel to Lapland.

The list of things we have in common is quite long, therefore the main theme of this year celebrations is being together, which is visible on our logo. To find out more about our actions during this special year, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.