Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen started his post as Consul General of Finland in New York on September 1. "Relations between our governments are excellent, contacts between our civil societies are expanding and companies are finding new fields of cooperation. I very much look forward to contributing to all aspects of Finnish-U.S. relations,” says Pietikäinen, who comes to New York from Buenos Aires, where he has been Finland’s Ambassador for the past four years.
“We will continue to build bridges between Finns and Americans, let it be companies, educational and cultural institutions, different kinds of governmental and non-governmental organizations or even individuals. And, of course, we will maintain the highest standards in serving our own citizens as well as those travelling to Finland,” Pietikäinen says.
Finland’s new Consul General is arriving in the U.S. at an interesting time just before the upcoming elections and during turbulent economic situations both in Europe and the U.S. Promotion of Finnish exports and attracting investments to Finland lies at the core of the new Consul General’s appointment. “We’ll work in close cooperation with Finpro, Tekes, VTT and all other partners in the Team Finland network to support Finnish companies in the best way possible. Countrywide coordination of activities together with our Embassy in Washington D.C. and our Consulate General in Los Angeles will be given the highest priority on this respect,” Pietikäinen promises. “Also our Honorary Consuls across the U.S. have an important role to play. I look forward to building great partnerships across all sectors, in our Consulate General’s jurisdiction of 37 states,” he adds.
Pietikäinen entered diplomatic service in 1985. In addition to his most recent posting as Ambassador of Finland to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, he has also served in Mexico, Spain, Colombia and Switzerland. He is not new to New York either: From 1997-2000 Pietikäinen worked at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations. In between postings abroad, Pietikäinen has worked in the department for Americas and Asia, in the department of External Economic Relations, and in the department of Press and Cultural Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Helsinki.
Pietikäinen says, "I feel privileged to serve my country from this great city. My door is open, please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you feel like it."