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 dynamic political dialogue and a high level of mutual understanding, especially in the context of Finland's support to the Republic of Serbia in the process of European integration.

The Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, visited Belgrade on 1 October 2019. Together with the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić, he opened the exhibition Belgrade–Helsinki, 90 years of diplomatic relations in the Archives of Yugoslavia.

The then Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, visited Helsinki in January 2015. 

 

Economic relations

Economic cooperation between Serbia and Finland is underdeveloped, with a small volume of trade in goods, and a deficit on the Serbian side. In the period January–November 2020, trade in goods amounted to 137 million euros (exports 23.5 million euros, and imports 113.5 million euros). In 2019, trade amounted to 135.24 million euros, of which domestic exports amounted to 20.86 million euros, and imports to 114.38 million euros.

The largest exporters are KKM POWER d.o.o. Beograd, TIGAR TYRES DOO, and GORENJE DOO VALJEVO, while the largest importers are TETRA PAK PRODUCTION Beograd, DRENIK ND DOO Beograd and VIP MOBILE. Serbia imports from Finland paper, cardboard, cellulose products, telecommunications and audio devices and equipment, iron and steel products, etc.

 

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.