Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

Heads of missions meet in Helsinki

Heads of Finland’s missions abroad and foreign policy leaders will meet again at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission in Helsinki on 21–23 August.

The meeting will discuss the impact which the new multipolar world order and the transformation of geoeconomics and technology will have on the position of Finland and Europe. The conditions under which the EU can pursue its global role are also on the agenda. In addition, Finland's recent membership in NATO will provide a new framework for the discussions.

“In a difficult global situation, Finland's network of diplomatic missions is a particularly important resource. It is great that Finland's ambassadors abroad can meet each other again, and together we can discuss the international situation and how Finland's interests can best be promoted abroad,” says State Secretary  Jukka Salovaara.

During the meeting, the ambassadors will be addressed by President of the Republic  Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister  Petteri Orpo, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Elina Valtonen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development  Ville Tavio, Minister of Defence  Antti Häkkänen and Minister of Education  Anna-Maja Henriksson, who is responsible for Nordic cooperation.

State Secretary Jukka Salovaara will chair the meeting.

Follow the meeting on the Foreign Ministry’s channels

The public speeches will be webcast on the   Foreign Ministry’s website    (in Finnish)  and   YouTube channel . Video recordings and speeches will be posted after the meeting on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

The Foreign Ministry will post meeting updates using the hashtag #SLSK2023 on social media channels.

Photographs of the meeting will be available on the Foreign Ministry’s   Flickr account.


Public speeches at the Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission

Monday, 21 August


Opening address by State Secretary Jukka Salovaara


Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen


Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Ville Tavio


Prime Minister Petteri Orpo

Tuesday, 22 August    



Address by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö


Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen

Wednesday, 23 August



Minister of Education Anna-Maja Henriksson, responsible for Nordic cooperation


General information about the Annual Meeting of Heads of Mission:

  • Salla Romakkaniemi, Adviser to the Under-Secretary of State, tel. +358 50 471 2783

Media arrangements:

  • Vilma Sorri, Communications Officer, Unit for Communications on Current Affairs, tel. +358 50 476 2549

Requests for interviews with Ambassadors:

  • Kreeta Koskijoki, Unit for Communications on Current Affairs, tel. +358 50 4080 488
  • The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are in the format firstname.lastname@gov.fi.




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