The honorary consulates complement Finland’s network of diplomatic missions, made up of embassies, consulates and general missions to international organizations. An honorary consulate is headed by an honorary consul. Honorary consuls are private individuals who take care of their tasks on a part-time basis without remuneration and under the guidelines and authority of the Ambassador in question.
Within his or her jurisdiction, an honorary consul provides advice and guidance for distressed Finnish citizens and foreigners permanently residing in Finland who are temporarily abroad, assisting them in their contacts with local authorities or the nearest Finnish embassy. Certain types of notarized certificates can be acquired through an honorary consul. Honorary consuls do not accept passport applications nor do they handle matters pertaining to visas or residence permits. Honorary consuls cannot serve as attorneys in judicial proceedings or as legal advisers.
An honorary consul also assits the Embassy in promoting economic and cultural relations between Finland and the country in question. An honorary consul can advise Finnish companies, for instance, in obtaining information about local business culture and in finding business partners.
Finland's honorary consulates are listed under the link(s) on the right.