Embassy Helsinki: who we are

The Netherlands embassy in Helsinki is the front office of the Netherlands in Finland. The embassy provides consular services and represents, promotes and protects the interests of the government of the Netherlands, as well as those of Dutch nationals living in Finland. One of our main tasks is to promote Dutch economy, Dutch commercial interests in Finland and bilateral cooperation.

Trade & Innovation

The embassy is the focal contact for enterprises. For this purpose we maintain a wide contact network covering government authorities, organizations, enterprises, chambers of commerce  and similar cooperation partners. In addition, we facilitate trade- and business missions. We visit, plan and organize numerous (trade) events, such as seminars, workshops and other events where Holland promotion is central.

The embassy also conducts research to potential growth sectors and provides advice on the best market approaches in Finland, including the important do’s and don’ts.

Telephone: +358 9 228 920
E-Mail: hel-ea@minbuza.nl

Miina Ojanperä
Policy Officer for Trade & Innovation

Consular

The consular section provides various services for Dutch nationals in Finland. The most important tasks are issuing Dutch passports and identity cards and providing assistance to Dutch nationals in distress. In addition to those tasks the Embassy provides services to foreign nationals who would like to travel to -or work in- the Netherlands, for example in assisting by applications for temporary residence permits (MVV). Another task is providing information on matters like obtaining the Dutch nationality and legalization.

The consular section is open by appointment only.

Telephone: +358 9 228 920  
E-Mail: hel-ca@minbuza.nl

Irina Maaskant
Internal & Consular affairs

Politics

The embassy monitors and analyses the policy of the Finnish government, which may be -directly or indirectly- relevant for the Netherlands on the field of foreign- and domestic politics. Of particular interest are the positions of the Finns on EU matters. These developments are reported to the ministries in The Hague. In addition to informing the Dutch politicians and officials, different Dutch interest groups are also being informed on numerous matters.

An important aspect for the Netherlands is to gain support, not only in the EU but worldwide, for Dutch positions and policy. The Finns and the Dutch share generally the same vision on many issues, which have resulted in fruitful cooperation on different fields.

The embassy prepares and facilitates Dutch delegations visiting Finland.

Telephone: +358 9 228 92 204
E-Mail: hel@minbuza.nl

Desirée Kopmels
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Özlem Canel
Counsellor

Natasha Nordström-Huotari
Secretary

Communications & Public Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy should be regarded as public relations of the Netherlands in the broadest sense. This could apply to the political, cultural and economic field. It maintains close contacts with the press, various Finnish authorities and facilitates between Finnish and Dutch (cultural) organizations and persons. We initiate several projects to promote the Netherlands, to spread Dutch expertise and to gain visibility. Further, we provide general information about Dutch education, both in the Netherlands and in Finland. Maintaining the website, the Facebook page and Twitter are also activities which can be shared under the header of Communications & Public Diplomacy.

Telephone: +358 9 228 920
E-Mail: hel@minbuza.nl

Ilona Jääskeläinen-Overduin
Communications & Public Diplomacy Officer

General

Tero Sahramaa
Driver / Handyman / Gardener

Defence

The main focus of the Defence Attaché is to maintain, strengthen and improve the relations between The Netherlands and Finland in the sphere of defence.

The Defence Attaché is representing the Netherlands Defence organisation.

Defence Attaché for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
Captain, Sim Schot
E-Mail: sim.schot@minbuza.nl

Deputy Defence Attaché for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
Defence Attaché for Iceland
Lieutenant Colonel Roel Cuppes
E-Mail: roel.cuppes@minbuza.nl

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