Finland is celebrating an important event this year, Finland’s 100th birthday. The centenary can be seen in the Embassy’s activities in many ways. We will try to integrate the centenary into events and meetings we organize, and try to keep Finland’s 100th birthday visible both visually and in the substance of the events and meetings.
This year of celebration is common to all of us. The Finnish Embassy hopes that all Finns will celebrate this centenary through organizing events in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain. If the presence of the embassy is desired in these events, it would be our pleasure to participate.
Finland has come a long way in a hundred years, from a poor agrarian society to one of the world’s leading knowledge-based societies and welfare states. This path has been beset by wars and economic hardship, but together we have prevailed. We have much to give to the Gulf region, and this is our message in 2017. We do not come to the Gulf countries to instruct in how things should be, but rather to contemplate together what we can share with each other.
I would like to wish all the Finns in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain a happy Finnish centenary year!
Let us make the Finland 100 –year together!
The Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi covers United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
The Embassy is taking care of the general mission mentioned in the Foreign Service Strategy in this region. The mission of the Embassy of Finland is to promote and maintain national interests and also to monitor the rights and interests of Finnish citizens and Finnish companies who are located in UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.
Embassy’s main tasks are to strengthen relations between Finland and the domain countries, especially in trade and economic matters, as well as assisting Finnish citizens. This includes particular exports of Finnish companies and promoting the internationalization of Finland. The Embassy of Finland in Abu Dhabi also does the follow-up of economic development in the region.
The Embassy aims to increase knowledge about Finland’s information and cultural activities. Each year the local press publishes attachments of Finland in the local news papers. In addition the Embassy produces and distributes information about Finland to local media.The Embassy organizes with Finnish companies and Finnish associations such as Finnish-Arabic Society Association. Embassy of Finland also works with other embassies in various cultural events, with the aim of clear image of Finland. The last few years have included musical performances, art exhibitions, participation in film festivals, translating the Kalevala in Arabic and present the plays in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. In addition, the Embassy will support the coming cultural performances by informing about them. More information can be found from our website and also by contacting the Embassy.
The Embassy and Finpro serve Finnish companies and promote exports and internationalization related operations. For more information on our site on Team Finland tab.
The Embassy is proactive towards Finnish companies and is working closely with the Finnish Business Council. Finnish Business Council supports Team Finland –activity and is part of a global FinnCham-network. The local partner of the Finnish Business Council is Dubai Chamber. Ambassador Riitta Swan is the honory chairman of the Finnish Business Council.