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.

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

Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Martijn Adelaar
Counsellor

Natasha Nordström-Huotari
Secretary

Trade & Innovation

The embassy promotes Dutch-Finnish trade collaboration, with a focus on circular economy and digitalization. We follow and interpret economic development in Finland, in order to identify collaboration opportunities.

The embassy is the focal contact point for businesses. 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 (online and offline) trade activities such as business missions, specifically in the field of circular economy and digitalization.

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

Miina Ojanperä
Policy Officer for Trade & Innovation

Digitalization project

During 2021-2023 we are having a 2-year project on digitalization where we explore and intensify the development and collaboration between Finland and the Netherlands. This is related to areas such as artificial intelligence, health technology, robotics, cyber security, quantum computing, digital governance and smart cities. The aim is identify business opportunities and to build stronger partnerships in the field of digitalization.

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

Aleksi Rantaniemi
Project Officer for Digitalization

Consular & Internal

Consular affairs provides various services for Dutch nationals in Finland. The most important ones 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. For consular questions, please contact the BZ 24/7 contact centre

Internal affairs takes care of a wide range of matters, such as administration, HR and maintenance.

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

Irina Maaskant
Internal & Consular affairs

Communications & Public Diplomacy

Public Diplomacy should be regarded as public relations of the Netherlands in the broadest sense. This applies to the political, cultural and economic field. It includes cooperation and facilitating contacts between Finnish and Dutch authorities, (cultural) organizations and persons. We initiate several projects to promote the Netherlands, to spread Dutch expertise and to gain visibility. The website, the Facebook page and Twitter are important communication channels.

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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