New Yorkers often feel like they live in the capital of the world. One might agree upon considering the diplomatic representation thriving in the city. The diplomatic corps in New York is the largest in the world comprised of approximately 190 permanent representations to the United Nations and more than 100 consulates.
The Finnish Consulate General strives to oversee the interests of Finland and her citizens. Our goal is also to raise Finland’s profile in New York and in as many as 37 states that fall under our jurisdiction. To achieve this we cooperate with a network of 20 honorary consuls, each with a deep knowledge of their area.
New York is an international center of media, culture, economy and capital markets, an environment that is directly translated into the main areas of the consulate’s activity.
Finnish music and design have been highlighted in the media for many years here, often hinting at our status as a cultural super power. We scan the image of Finland in the media and have learned to our satisfaction that the reports and quotations on Finland and on her policy do not contain mistakes or prejudices. We also follow regulative trends in financial markets and try to sharpen the image of Finland on the radar screen of potential American investors. In short, encouraging exports from Finland and importing jobs to Finland through investments are among our priorities. Our main partners are Finpro trade centers, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Invest in Finland Bureau.
Among our other priorities is to provide exceptional service regarding consular matters. In general, American tourists do not need a visa to enter Finland if their stay does not exceed 90 days, nonetheless there are a significant number of foreigners living in our area of jurisdiction who do need a visa when travelling to Finland. Annually we personally serve approximately 1500 individuals - Finns, Americans and citizens of other countries - and answer about 7000 requests received by telephone, mail or e-mail.
Welcome to the Consulate General of Finland in New York!