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

2017 statistics

Total trade in goods $171 million               
Exports in Finland $16 million Top exports: sheep meat, venison and wine
Imports from Finland       $155 million Top imports: machinery, pork, paper and paperboard
GDP US$253 billion  

 

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
      • 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
    • 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

Anzac Day Commemoration Service 25 April 2018

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New Zealanders in Poland, Estonia and Ukraine are welcome to participate in the 2018 Anzac commemoration services with the New Zealand and Australian communities.

Māori Electoral Option 2018

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The Māori Electoral Option is an opportunity for anyone who is of New Zealand Māori descent and who is enrolled to vote to choose which electoral roll they want to be on – the General roll or the Māori roll.

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Call for public submissions on the proposed EU FTA

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting submissions on the proposed Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union.