Finland (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings| Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Diplomatic relations were re-established in 1949. A South African legation was established in 1967 and relations were upgraded to ambassadorial level in March 1991. Finland and South Africa enjoy excellent relations and a Declaration of Intent was signed in June 2000 to facilitate bilateral consultations between South Africa and Finland.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Finland

Representation accredited from Stockholm, Sweden

H E Ms B S Mabandla
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Finnish Representation in South Africa

H E Ms R A Lammilla
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Finnish Embassy

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria.

Health requirements

South Africans do not require vaccinations when visiting Finland. However, vaccinations against Polio and Tetanus are advisable as a precautionary measure.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Cold temperate, potentially subarctic, but comparatively mild because of the moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current and the more than 60 000 lakes.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


The Monetary Unit is the EURO. The currency is freely convertible.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

South African exports to Finland include food products (fresh and dried fruits), wine, pulp, paper, iron, steel and coal. South Africa mainly imports products such as telecommunication equipment, paper and board products as well as machinery from Finland.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Finland, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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