New premises also include FinnCham Brazil
The Finnish Consulate in São Paulo started operations on 1 September. From now on, the Consulate will be responsible for all citizen services, including passport and residence permit matters, which were formerly handled at the Embassy of Finland in Brazil. Before that, Finland had an Honorary Consulate General in São Paulo.
Finland has tried to concentrate its resources on countries whose political and economic significance for Finland is growing. Finnish companies are specifically interested in the forest, mining, energy, paper and telecommunications sectors of Brazil as well as in education export.
Now that all citizen services are handled in São Paulo, it will be easier for both Brazilian people travelling to Finland and for Finns living in Brazil to handle official matters with the authorities.
The activities of the Finnish Consulate in São Paulo will focus on Team Finland and consular services. The multipurpose design of the premises serves as a meeting place for stakeholders representing business, the academia and culture. The design of the premises is based on the spirit inspired by the Finland House of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: the heart of the premises is reserved for comfortable meeting and conference space emphasising the Finnish background.
The Consulate was officially opened on 31 October 2017 by Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, who was visiting Brazil.