Embassies and Consulates in Finland

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Finland, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Finland.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Finland does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Finland, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Finland

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Finnish capital, Helsinki hosts 61 embassies.

There are also 128 consulates and three other representations in Finland: European Union, Palestine and Taiwan Representative Offices.

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Helsinki, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Finland and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Finland. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometime other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Helsinki


Canadian Embassy in Finland
Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 25 B, 00100 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 228 530
E-Mail: hsnki@international.gc.ca
Social Media: https://twitter.com/CanEmbBELUX
Opening hours: 08:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:30 (Under appointment)

The embassy of Canada in Helsinki provides consular services to Canadians visiting and living in Finland such as registration of child birth abroad, requirements and documents and processes for getting married abroad, notarial services, passport services, etc.


Embassy of China in Finland
Address: Vanha Kelkkamaki 11, 00570 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 2289 0129
E-Mail: helsinki@csm.mfa.gov.cn
Social Media: https://twitter.com/ChinaEmbFinland
Opening hours: 08:30 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays)
*Visa (Diplomatic or Service Only), Passport, Notification and Attestation Service Hours: 09:00 to 11:30, Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays)

The consular section shares the same details as the embassy. The Consular Office handles visa applications for diplomatic or service passport holders, or those who apply for diplomatic, courtesy, or service visas only. The Consular office of the Embassy also accepts applications for notarization, legalization, Chinese passports, and travel documents.


French Embassy in Finland
Address: Itäinen Puistotie 13, 00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 618 780
E-Mail: contact.helsinki-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Social Media: https://twitter.com/ambafrancefi and https://www.facebook.com/france.helsinki/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The French General Consulate in Finland provides reception of the public (consular affairs), register of French nationals established outside France, identity cards and passports, civil status: marriages, births ..., other steps (legalization of signature, driver's license...), elections, national service and assembly of French nationals abroad.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Helsinki, France has other honorary consulates in Jyväskylä, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mariehamn, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Tampere, Turku and Vassa.


Embassy of Germany in Finland
Address: Krogiuksentie 4 B, 00340 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 458 580
E-Mail: info@helsinki.diplo.de
Social Media: https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 09:00–12:00 by appointment & Collection of passport, identity card and other documents: Mon–Thurs at 13:00–14:00

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Finland provides passports and ID cards’ services, nationality, family and inheritance matters, criminal records, visa and entry, lawyers, doctors and translators and customs service, etc.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Helsinki, Germany has other honorary consulates in Tampere (tampere@hk-diplo.de), Oulu, Joensuu, Jyväskylä (jyvaeskylae@hk-diplo.de) Lappeenranta, Mariehamn, Rovaniemi (rovaniemi@hk-diplo.de), Turku and Vaasa.


Embassy of the Japan in Finland
Address: Unioninkatu 20-22, 00130 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 686 0200
E-Mail: consular@hk.mofa.go.jp and inquiry@hk.mofa.go.jp
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/JapanEmbFinland/
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday from 9:15 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 16:00

The Japanese consulate shares the same details as the embassy. They provide a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.


Embassy of Russia in Finland
Address: Tehtaankatu 1 B, 1 D, 00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 661 876
E-mail: rusembassy.finland@mid.ru and consdep@mail.ru or helsinki@rusconsulat.fi for the consulate section.
Social Media: https://twitter.com/RussianEmbFinla and https://www.facebook.com/RussianEmbassyinFinland
Opening hours: Mon- Fri: 09.00-17.00 *Phone number of the diplomat on duty for emergency cases related to a threat to the life, health and safety of Russian citizens in Finland - around the clock: +358 50 476 83 28

For services such as issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation, visa and passport processing as well as document legalization, it is requested to visit the Consular Section upon appointment.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Helsinki, Russia has another honorary consulates in Turku, Mariehamn and Kuusamo.

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Embassy in Finland
Address: Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 228 651 00*
E-Mail: info.helsinki@fcdo.gov.uk or Helsinki.InfoMail@fco.gov.uk
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BritishEmbassyHelsinki/ and https://twitter.com/ukinfinland
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM *If you’re in Finland and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +358 (0) 9 2286 5100. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British person in Finland, call 020 7008 5000 (24/7, 365 days a year).

The British Embassy in Finland provides services to British nationals living in and visiting the country. Some of the services are: emergency travel document replacement, notarial and documentary services, marriage, consular fees, visa services, etc.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Helsinki, the UK has other honorary consulates in Jyväskylä, Kotka, Mariehamn, Oulu and Rovaniemi.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Finland
Address: Itäinen Puistotie 14 B, 00140 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 616 250
E-Mail: helsinkifacebook@state.gov
Social Media: https://twitter.com/usembfinland and https://www.facebook.com/finland.usembassy and https://www.instagram.com/usembfinland/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The US representation in Finland provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services, assistance on death of a U.S. Citizen and emergency financial assistance, etc.

Honorary Consulates in Finland

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Finland, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Stockholm, in Sweden or London, in the United Kingdom for Finland.

Honorary Consulates in Helsinki

Honorary Consulates in Lahti

  • Austria

Honorary Consulates in Oulu

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Italy

Honorary Consulates in Tampere

Honorary Consulates in Turku

Honorary Consulates in Rovaniemi

  • Denmark
  • Italy