Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs promotes the security and welfare of Finland and the Finns, and strives to attain a fair and secure world. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the network of diplomatic missions abroad subordinate to the Ministry serve Finns, Finland’s economy and society, government leaders and Parliament.

Finland’s network of diplomatic missions serves the entire Finnish society and all Finns. Alongside the embassies, consulates and other service points in different countries, Finland has diplomatic missions to international organizations, such as the United Nations. The scope of activities extends from relations between states to assistance for individual citizens.

The diplomatic missions represent the State of Finland in the country where they are located, often in nearby countries as well. In addition to tasks related to foreign and security policy, trade and economic relations, and development cooperation, the basic tasks of the diplomatic missions include making Finland better known and increasing knowledge about Finland. With the expansion of travel and tourism, consular, passport and visa services account for an ever increasing share of the diplomatic missions’ working time.

The diplomatic missions are experts in networking. They know both the local and Finnish conditions and customs, and their work often involves the distribution of information and advice as well as assistance with forging contacts. The diplomatic missions, for instance, help enterprises to find new export opportunities or actors in the culture sector to organize various cultural events.

Read more about the priorities of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from our webpage.

Read more about the tasks of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from here.

Typical job descriptions
A career in the Foreign Service encompasses a diplomat’s career as well as a career in administration; in addition, special public servants and some contract-based personnel also work in the Ministry.

A diplomat’s career provides an excellent opportunity to work in international expert positions, in the service of a Finnish employer. A diplomat’s place of work can be Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki, the embassies and consulates abroad as well as Finland’s permanent representations to international organizations.

As a diplomat you implement Finland’s foreign and security policy, evaluate international developments and actively exert influence on these to Finland’s advantage. You support Finland’s export efforts and take part in planning Finland’s development policy. You provide assistance for Finnish citizens who encounter difficulties abroad. You take part in promoting Finland’s positions in the EU and international organizations.

A career in administration also offers varied tasks as well as an opportunity to work in an international environment, in the service of a Finnish employer. The tasks of a career in administration include assistant duties, consular service and general administrative tasks, as well as assistive tasks pertaining for instance to development cooperation or some other policy field.

Special public servants work for example as lawyers, development policy advisors and in various positions as inspectors or senior inspectors.

Personnel training backgrounds
About 64 per cent of the personnel have a university degree. Roughly half of these have completed a Master’s degree.

In 2013, women accounted for 67 per cent of the personnel and men for 33 per cent.

Special features in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
A diplomat’s career or a career in administration involves regular job rotation consisting of working periods on average 3–4 years long, in both Finland and diplomatic missions. Job rotation creates the conditions for continuous development of one’s own professional skills. Public servants with a diplomat’s career or a career in administration are required to change from one task to another, and the transition takes place by applying for vacant positions.

Finland has of 91 diplomatic missions or offices the world over. About 550 public servants sent from Helsinki work in them. Most of the diplomatic missions have two to four seconded public servants. In addition, the diplomatic missions employ about 1,00 locally hired staff members.

Principal premises
Most of the Ministry’s personnel work in Katajanokka, Helsinki, where the Ministry has several offices. The main building is called Merikasarmi.
The rest work abroad in the diplomatic missions or other offices.

See the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for additional information about career opportunities in the Foreign Service and the jobs open for application at a given time.

Minna Vartiainen works as Executive Secretary in the Protocol Services at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Markus Teir works in the HR Planning Unit of the Administrative Services at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Joni Heliskoski works as Director of the Unit for EU Litigation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Published 2014-11-03 at 14:13, updated 2015-06-09 at 8:22

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Good to know about us

Ulkoasiainministeriön henkilöstö koostuu 2 600 työntekijästä, joista reilu 1 000 on edustustoon palvelusuhteessa olevia asemamaasta palkattuja.

Contact information

Visiting address:                                Laivastokatu 22/                   Merikasarminkatu 5 F                          00160 Helsinki

Switchboard: +358 295 350 000

On the Internet:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Facebook.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Youtube.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Twitter.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Flickr.