The jurisdiction of Consulate General of Finland in New York includes 35 states on the U.S. East coast and Midwest, as well as two special administrative regions (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). The size of this area equals that of the European Union. In its jurisdiction, Consulate General oversees the interests of Finland and its’ citizens.
Due to its location, a significant part of the Consulate General’s activities take place in New York - an international center hub of business, media and culture. New York is home to a number of Finns and, like just as the entire United States, a popular travel destination among Finnish travelers.
We build bridges between Finnish and American individuals and organizations, whether this means state or city level political decision-makers, representatives of the business world, educational actors or cultural institutions. We strengthen the Finnish economy by both supporting Finnish companies in the U.S as well as participating in efforts to attract investments to Finland. We cooperate with a range of companies from traditional industrial corporations to small startups.
As the United States is the world’s largest economy and home to almost half of the world’s innovations, it is crucial for us to maintain tight trade and economic relations between Finland and the U.S. We work to strengthen these relations in close cooperation with our Team Finland partners in the U.S. The network of 20 Honorary Consuls based in different states within our jurisdiction make up for an important support for the Consulate General’s work. Coordinating the network of Honorary Consuls is part of the mission’s daily routine. We also cooperate with American-Finnish organizations and Finnish-American chambers of commerce located within our jurisdiction.
Part of our work is to contribute to a positive image of Finland abroad. Together with our local partners we engage in events and activities showcasing Finnish culture and education system, equality and environmentally friendly thinking. We are active both in Facebook and Twitter in order to ensure visibility and interaction with our target audiences.In addition to Consular affairs our tasks also include services for foreigners planning to travel to Finland. Even though Americans are not required to obtain a visa to enter Finland, there is a significant number of foreigners living in our area of jurisdiction whose visa and residence permit applications we process. We serve thousands of customers both personally as well as by answering telephone, mail or email inquiries.