Official name
REPUBLIC OF FINLAND
Form of government
Republic
Capital
Helsinki
Head of State
Sauli Niinistö
Prime Minister
Sanna Marin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Pekka Haavisto
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
1929

 

Political relations 

Bilateral relations are good. In the last few years, there has been a dynamic political dialogue and a high degree of mutual understanding, especially in the context of Finland's support for the European integration process of Serbia. 

At the initiative of the Finnish side on February 25, 2021, Serbian MFA N. Selaković had a talk via video link with Finnish MFA P. Havisto. Undersecretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, K. Sauer paid a working visit to Belgrade 21-22 October 2021. Finnish MFA P. Havisto visited Belgrade on October 1, 2019. Together with then MFA I. Dačić, he opened the exhibition "Belgrade - Helsinki, 90 years of diplomatic relations" in the Archives of Yugoslavia. Former MFA T. Soini visited Belgrade (joint visit with the Swedish Foreign Ministry on October 10, 2017), and led the Finnish delegation to the OSCE Ministerial Conference in Belgrade in 2015, when he met with the then MFA I. Dačić. 

Economic relations 

Economic cooperation between Serbia and Finland is underdeveloped, with a small volume of trade, with a deficit on our side. In 2020 trade amounted to 149.30 million euros (our exports 25.06 million euros, and imports 124.24 million euros). So far, Finnish investments in our economy have reached the amount of about 68 million euros, to which should be added the co-investment worth 100 million euros of the Taaleri Fund in the electric economy (wind farm).

 

Bilateral agreements 

There are 7 bilateral agreements in force, of which the following have special importance:

  • Agreement between the SFRY and the Republic of Finland on the Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital;
  • Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Government of the Republic of Finland on Transportation in International Carriage by Road;
  • Trade Agreement between the Federal Executive Council of the SFRY Assembly and the Government of the Republic of Finland;
  • Agreement between the Ministry of Interior and the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Finland on Police Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Crime.

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Helsinki (Finland): www.helsinki.mfa.gov.rs.

The Embassy of the Republic of Finland in Belgrade (Serbia): https://finlandabroad.fi/web/srb/frontpage.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Europe: tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 326, e-mail: oev@mfa.rs.