Welcome to the homepages of the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria. From these pages you can find information about our functions, services and basic information about Finland and South Africa.
The diplomatic relations between Finland and South Africa were established on the 7th of January 1949. Until 1991 Finland was represented by a Chargé d'Affaires and in the same year the first Ambassador was appointed. Finland, together with other Nordic Countries, is known for its strong anti-apartheid support which is still very much valued in the country.
Since 1994 South Africa has been an established and stable democracy. Free elections have been organized regularly. The country has a progressive constitution that is based on democracy, equality, and respecting human rights. The relations between Finland and South Africa are excellent with a wide range of social areas, political relations, economics, science and culture.
The task of the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria is to promote Finland's national interests abroad and to supervise interests and rights of the Finnish citizens in South Africa. The Embassy maintains contact between South African and Finnish officials and makes our strengths known not only in South Africa but also in the so called accreditated countries: Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius. These duties are managed together with the network of Honorary Consuls in Southern Africa.
South Africa is Finland's number one partner in trade in Africa. A partnership agreement between our countries was established in the spring of 2009 emphasizing on the sectors of a knowledge-based society, environmental issues, education and entrepreneurship.
We hope that our web pages can offer you necessary information about the relations between South Africa and Finland and the current matters. Do not hesitate to contact us for further questions. All of us here at the Embassy are pleased to work on behalf of Finland.