Our relationship with Finland

New Zealand and Finland share similar views on many international issues including security, disarmament and the environment. As two small, independent democracies, we are natural partners and often share similar perspectives and priorities, particularly in the United Nations and the OECD. Finland is a member of a number of initiatives that New Zealand has instigated, including the Small Advanced Economies Initiative, the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group, and the Global Research Alliance.

A new dimension was added to our relationship with Finland when they joined the EU in 1995.

New Zealand and Finland have a Working Holiday Scheme in force, which is very popular with young Finns who are able to spend up to a year in New Zealand. This is a welcome strand to our relationship, allowing our young people to create enduring connections. We also have a double taxation agreement with Finland.

Trade

Year ending March 2019 statistics

Total trade NZ$221 million              
Exports in Finland NZ$46 million Top exports: sheep meat, venison
Imports from Finland       NZ$174 million Top imports: machinery, pork, paper and paperboard
GDP per capita US$49,960  

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Finland.

For more information, read the Embassy of Finland website. (external link)

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Finland
  • June 2016: Hom Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • October 2015: Hon Hekia Parata, Minister for Education; Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Housing
  • July 2015: Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister for Trade and Foreign Affairs Todd McClay visited
  • 2011: Governor General Anand Satyanand visited
  • 2009: Education Minister of Education Anne Tolley visited 
  • 2007: Education Minister of Education Steve Maharey visited
  • 2006: Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters visited
 Finland to New Zealand
  • February 2018: Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä
  • Match 2016: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini 
  • March 2014: Minister of Education, Krista Kiuru
  • 2013: Trade and European Affairs Minister Alexander Stubb visited 
  • 2009: Social Affairs Minister Liisa Hyssälä visited  
  • 2008: The Agricultural Subcommittee of the Finance Committee of the Finnish Parliament visited 
  • 2007: President Tarja Halonen visited 

News & Events

Measles outbreak in New Zealand

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There is currently an outbreak of measles in New Zealand. The outbreak is pre-dominantly in the Auckland region.

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Die Botschaften von Australien, Kanada, Neuseeland und des Vereinigten Königreichs nehmen gemeinsam am Berliner Christopher Street Day 2019 teil.

New travel rules for New Zealand

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From 1 October 2019, some international visitors and transit passengers must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling to NZ

Measles outbreak in New Zealand

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Find out more about the current outbreak of measles in New Zealand.