Responsibilities of mission

The primary goal of our work at the Embassy is to enhance the Finnish-Saudi relationship, in every sector and at all levels. Protecting and serving the interests of Finnish citizens is a key priority for us.

The embassy in Riyadh represents Finland in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. The Ambassador, appointed by the President of Finalnd, is the official representative of Finland in these three countries.

I started as Ambassador of Finalnd in Riyadh on August 1, 2022, and I am pleased to warmly welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Finland in Saudi Arabia. The mission of the embassy in Riyadh is to promote Finland's national interests in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen. The embassy handles the political relations between our countries, and supports the opportunities for Finnish business representatives to access the market and assists Finnish companies in operating in the regional market together with colleagues from Business Finland. The embassy promotes Finland's landscape and Finland as a tourist and investment country. In addition, the embassy offers services in consular and immigration matters.

Saudi Arabia is the largest market in the Middle East, a G20 country, and Finland's most significant export destination in the region. The country continues the Vision 2030 reforms and the implementation of its investment program with the aim of reducing dependence on oil and petrochemical industries by expanding the base of its economy. Based on Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has implemented significant reforms in several different sectors and has invested prominently in travel, tourism and welfare services as well as in the entertainment, sports and culture sectors.

Finland opened its embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia back in 1974. Like other embassies, the Finnish embassy moved to the capital, Riyadh, in 1985. The embassy is located in an elegant real estate complex designed by the Finnish architects Sirén in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh. Various events are organized on the premises of the embassy, and especially in its beautiful garden. Familiarization visits are possible by separate arrangement.

In addition to this website, we will tell you about our activities and events on our social media channels: Facebook(layout.types.url.description), Twitter (layout.types.url.description)and Instagram(layout.types.url.description).

Many thanks for your interest!

Anu-Eerika Viljanen

Ambassador