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History of the mission

Turkey (or the Ottoman empire) acknowledged Finland on the 21st of February 1918, during the visit of the Finnish delegation searching support for the new state. A member of the delegation, professor J.J. Mikkola described the reception the delegation received in the following words : "The hospitality and friendliness was as from a fairytale. Everyone from the sultan to the journalists treated us Finns as dear northern relatives of the Turks, whom they met again after separation lasting for thousands of years." This despite the fact that officially Finland, as an ex-grand duchy of Russia, was still at war with Turkey.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Finland were established on the 9th of December 1926 and there were negotiations on developing their mutual relations. First, Finland was represented in Turkey from abroad, either from Rome or Bukarest. Turkey appointed the first ambassador to Finland in 1926. For the first 20 years, the Turkish ambassador resided in Stockholm.

A trade agreement between Finland and Turkey was signed in the 1920's. In 1937 Finland established a post of commercial attaché in Istanbul. In August 1940 A.S. Yrjö-Koskinen was appointed as a special ambassador to Ankara.

Heads of Finnish missions in Turkey

  • Väinö Tanner (Bukarest) 1920-1923
  • Pontus Artti (Rome) 1931-1934
  • Onni Talas (Budapest) 1934-1940
  • Aarno Armas Sakari Yrjö-Koskinen 1940-1951
  • Asko Ivalo 1951-1954
  • Bruno Kivikoski 1954-1959
  • Aaro Pakaslahti 1959-1966
  • Hans Ruben Martola 1966-1967
  • Åke Frey 1968-1974
  • Wilhelm Schreck 1974-1976
  • Ulf-Erik Slotte 1977-1983
  • Klaus Castrén 1983-1986
  • Mauno Castrén 1986-1991
  • Risto Kauppi 1991-1995
  •  Jan Groop 1995-1997
  • Björn Ekblom 1998-2000
  • Garth Castrén 2000-2004
  • Maria Serenius 2004-2008
  • Kirsti Eskelinen 2008-2012
  • Nina Vaskunlahti 2012 - 2016
  • Päivi Kairamo 2016 - 
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