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EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Addis Ababa

P.O.Box 1017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. +251-11-4704390
E-mail: sanomat.add@formin.fi

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Finland and Ethiopia

Finland established diplomatic relations with Ethiopia in 1959, and development began in 1967. Finnish-Ethiopian relations are good and trusting. Relations focus on the long-term development, but increasingly also for trade. Dialogue between two countries has taken place at the highest political level, the last time when Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen visited Ethiopia in January 2014.

Finland's Embassy in Addis Ababa was established in 1965 and is the oldest in sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia was at the time one of the few independent states in Africa and there were located major international organizations headquarters, such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa ECA and the OAU (African Union). After the revolution of 1974, Finland transferred its ambassador to Nairobi and Addis Ababa embassy was led by Chargé d'Affaires. After almost 30 years in September 2005, the Ambassador was re-instated in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is represented in Finland by its embassy in London. The nearest Consulate General of Ethiopia is located in Stockholm.

Ethiopia was named Finland's development cooperation program country in 1982. In 1991 Finland decided to withdraw from all bilateral projects in Ethiopia because of the civil war and human rights violations. Cooperation started again in 1993. Finland's earliest development cooperation projects in Ethiopia focused mainly on technical assistance. Finland sent to Ethiopia in various fields of bilateral specialists. The next step is carried out in a number of major infrastructure projects. A significant proportion was also for humanitarian aid during 1980s famine disasters. For a while, support was focused on the country's food security improvements, which, among other things, built grain stores and the launch of the animal husbandry development projects. Currently, Ethiopia is one of Finland's development cooperation long-term partner countries.
 
For Finnish companies Ethiopia and its market opportunities are still relatively unknown. At the same time Finland is  known for its high techology and extensive know-how in various fields. Ethiopian companies are interested in cooperation with Finnish companies and Finnish expertise is in demand.

Read more about Finnish-Ethiopian relations from the book 

pdfFour Decades - History of Finnish-Ethiopian Relations (PDF, 132 pages, 4,6 MB)
Published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs( ISBN 951-724-534-3)

Finnish Ambassadors and Chargés d'Affaires in Addis Ababa

Atle Asanti, Ambassador

Cairo/Addis Ababa

1959-1962

Osmo Orkomies, Ambassador

Cairo/Addis Ababa

1962-1965

Henrik Blomstedt, Ambassador

Addis Ababa

1965-1969

Joel Pekuri, Ambassador

Addis Ababa

1969-1971

Veikko Hietanen, Ambassador

Addis Ababa

1972-1977

Unto Tanskanen, Ambassador
- Sakari Juuti, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1977-1980
1977-1979

Raimo Salmi, Ambassador
- Hannu Uusi-Videnoja, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1981-1983
1980-1983

Tom Grönberg, Ambassador
- Esko Jääsalo, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Abeba

1983-1987
1984-1987

Ilkka Ristimäki, Ambassador
- Erik Brehmer, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1987-1990
1987-1991

David Johansson, Chargé d'Affaires
- Arvi Siirala, Chargé d'Affaires
- Kaija Kahilainen, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1990-1995
1991-1992
1993-1994

Glenn Lindholm, Ambassador
- Lauri Kangas, Chargé d'Affaires
- Heli Sirve, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1995-1998
1994-1997
1998-2001

Lauri Kangas, Ambassador
- Kari Toiviainen, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

1998-2003
2001-2004

Matti Kääriäinen, Ambassador
- Kirsti Aarnio, Chargé d'Affaires

Nairobi/ Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa

2003-2007
2004-2005

Kirsti Aarnio, Ambassador

Leo Olasvirta, Ambassador

Sirpa Mäenpää, Ambassador

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

2005-2009

2009-2013

2013-

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