Welcome to the home page of the Finnish Embassy in Thailand. On these pages, You will find information about the Embassy and its services.
Thailand recognized Finland's independence in 1919, but the relations between our countries were handled from outside Thailand for 60 years. In 1980, a Chargé d'Affaires ad interim was sent to lead a mission in Bangkok. The Embassy was opened on 1 January 1986.
I had the great honour to assume the functions of the Finnish Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar on 1 September 2013. One of the most important tasks of the Embassy is to offer consular services to Finns living in or visiting Thailand. We also provide visa services for visitors to Finland. Other important tasks are the development of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the side-accreditation countries, maintenance of contacts between the governments, the authorities, the civil societies and other parties, and the promotion of trade, investment and cultural exchanges.
Allow me to warmly welcome You to visit Finland. Our country is a Nordic wellfare state and a highly developed information society. We are pioneers in information and communication technology and we are a leading country in education, research and development. Finland is well known for its clean environment and deep forests. Do come to visit one of our 166 000 lakes, enjoy sauna and relax in the midnight sun or visit us in the winter, and meet Santa Claus at his home in the Arctic Circle in Lapland.
As an element of the Foreign Service, the network of Finnish Diplomatic Missions plays a central role in the development of a safe and predictable tomorrow for every Finnish citizen. Finnish Diplomatic Missions, established in various parts of the world, provide a wide range of services for Finns and Finnish society.
Of the 195 independent states of the world, 192 are member states of the UN. Finland has established diplomatic relations with 170 states and set up an embassy in 77 states. In addition, Finland has seven permanent representations or missions in international organisations, such as the EU, the UN, the OSCE and the OECD. Seven consulates are headed by a Consul General. The fields of responsibility of Finnish non-resident Ambassadors and four five Ambassadors based in Helsinki cover also more than 60 other states. The operation of Diplomatic Missions abroad is governed by public international law, established in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.