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Relations between Finland and Malaysia

Diplomatic relations between Finland and Malaysia were established in 1972. From 1975 until 1988, Finland's Ambassador in Jakarta, Indonesia, was accredited to Kuala Lumpur. As Finnish commercial and trade interests increased in Malaysia, the first Finnish diplomatic mission, led by a Chargé D'Affaires, was opened in Kuala Lumpur in 1980. The first Finnish Ambassador resident in Kuala Lumpur was appointed 1st September, 1988. The present Ambassador H.E. Petri Puhakka was appointed in May 2016.

The embassy of Malaysia was opened in Helsinki in November 2004. The first resident Ambassador of Malaysia to Finland was H.E  Syed Sultan bin Mohd Idris.

The Exchange of Visits

The most recent ministerial- and Team Finland trade delegation visits to Malaysia:

  • Healthcare delegation led by Vice Minister of Health and Social Services Päivi Sillanaukee February-March 2016
  • Minister of education Krista Kiuru visited Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya in 2013 with a trade delegation focusing on education
  • Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen visited Malaysia in 2010.
  • Defence Minister Seppo Kääriäinen was in Malaysia 2006 with a business delegation
  • Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Ms Mari Kiviniemi  visited Malaysia on her trip to South-East Asia in 2005

The King and Queen of Malaysia visited Finland in September 2005. The President of the Republic Mr Martti Ahtisaari visited Malaysia in 1995.

Minister for Foreign Trade (1990), Minister of Defence (1994), Minister of the Interior, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Transport (1997) and Minister of the Environment (1998) have also visited in Malaysia. Minister of Finance Mr Sauli Niinistö made a working visit to Malaysia in January 2001 and Minister of Culture Ms Suvi Lindén participated in an anti-doping conference organised by IICGADS in April 2002. Prime Ministers of Finland and Malaysia had a separate meeting in autumn 2004 at the ASEM Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Prime Minister of Malaysia visited Finland in 1985. The visitors from Malaysia in previous years have been Minister of Housing and Local Government Ong Ka Ting in 1996, Ministry of Science, Technologies and Environment Law Hieng Ding in 1997, Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia Leo Moggie in 2000 and Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism Abdul Kadir bin Sheikh Fadzir in 2000. HE Dato' Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Foreign Minister of Malaysia,  participated in Helsinki conference on 7-9 September 2005. Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi attended ASEM Summit organised in Helsinki during Finland's EU Presidency in December 2006.

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