South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011. Finland recognized South Sudan on 22 July 2011 and the diplomatic relations were established on 29 June 2012.
Finland provides support to the reconstruction of South Sudan in areas of governance and water and sanitation programs
The most significant bilateral project Finland is funding is Development of the Urban Water and Sanitation sector in South Sudan. The project shall provide an improved supply of affordable drinking water and basic sanitation to the urban population in the South Sudanese town of Bor, Rumbek, Yambio and Yei. Project is jointly funded by Finland and Germany. Finland’s funding is altogether 24 million Euros in the years 2012-2015.
Through Institutional Cooperation Instrument, Finland also funds cooperation between the The purpose of the Landscape Management Planning and Training for the Environment in South Sudan (LAMPTESS) Project is to build up capacity at the Faculties of Forestry and Range Sciences as well as Agriculture at Upper Nile University (UNU) and at the Centre of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies at University of Juba (UJ) in order to deliver a decisive contribution to the improvement of Southern Sudanese natural resources management and rural development through better education of graduates, taking a direct leading role in rural development and in finding new solutions to increasing climate change challenges. The project is a budget of 500 000 Euros.