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Honorary Consulate General of Pakistan in Finland

 

We are pleased to help you with any questions related to Pakistan so please don’t hesitate to contact us whether you need information about business opportunities, education, travel, tourism or culture. 

 

Please note: with all issues related to Pakistani passports, visas to Pakistan or legalization of Pakistani documents for Finland, please scroll down for further details as those are not processed by the staff of Honorary Consulate. Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm, Sweden is there to help you with these issues.

 

President of Pakistan, H.E. Mamnoon Hussain appointed Mr. Wille Eerola as the Honorary Consul General of Pakistan to Finland on 11th February 2016 based on his continuous work for Pakistan over the years. Honorary Consul General, Mr. Wille Eerola has worked closely with various businesses and industries as well as academia in Pakistan over the last two decades. He is also the acting Chairman of Finland Pakistan Business Council (FPBC), a trade promotion organisation established already in 1985, one of the oldest still operating Pakistan related business councils in the world and active player in both countries.

 

 

 

Land of Opportunities
Trade & Development

With a population of 200 million people Pakistan is the 6th biggest country in the world. Despite the long history and huge population by any standards, Pakistan remains quite unknown for most of the foreigners, also among most of the Finns. The image of Pakistan has suffered strongly during the global war agains terrorism and the country, and the Pakistanis, has been mostly reported in all-negative way across the international media channels.

There are certainly still challenges in security and economy in Pakistan but simultaneously we are talking about a strongly developing nation with a growing, consuming middle-class and 5-6 percent annual growth of GDP. There is that other side of Pakistan, which we would encourage Finnish people and companies to browse too. Did you know that Pakistan is the 5th fastest growing economy in the world? 

Diplomatic relations were established between Pakistan and Finland already on 12th January 1951 and over the decades it has been mostly about economical cooperation and trade. Nowadays Pakistan offers plenty of business opportunities to Finnish companies and especially in cleantech (energy, water), education, mining, healthcare, agriculture and food production. Please click to Finland Pakistan Business Council’s website for more information about doing business in Pakistan. 

Pakistan is a major player in many industries and country also enjoys huge reserves, even by global standards: just for an example, Pakistan has the 2nd biggest salt reserves, 3rd biggest copper reserves and 5th biggest gold reserves in the world.

Furthermore, Pakistan is one of the world’s biggest producers of milk, cotton and wheat. And just to share one interesting fact with you: companies in one Pakistani city called Sialkot produce half of the footballs manufactured in the world, total over 60 million footballs! One of those many football and sport accessory manufactures located in Sialkot made it really big for the 2014 World Cup when they replaced a Chinese manufacturer and provided the official Bracuza balls!

History & Modern Times

Pakistan is the 33rd largest nation by total area; Pakistan has a 1,046 km (650 mi) coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and land borders of 6,774 km in total: 2,430 km with Afghanistan, 523 km with China, 2,912 km with India and 909 km with Iran.

Pakistan is divided into three major geographic areas: the northern highlands, the Indus River plain, and the Balochistan Plateau. The northern highlands contain the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Pamir mountain ranges, which contain some of the world’s highest peaks, including five of the fourteen so-called eight-thousanders (mountain peaks over 8,000 metres), which attract adventurers and mountaineers from all over the world, notably K2 and Nanga Parbat, all known in Finland through the adventures of world-known Finnish mountaineer Veikka Gustafsson too.

Pakistan has several Provinces: Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Pakistan has been independent since 14th August 1947 but the country’s rich history takes us back with thousands of years. Some of the earliest ancient human civilisations in South Asia originated from areas encompassing present-day Pakistan. The earliest known inhabitants in the region were Soanian during the Lower Paleolithic, of whom stone tools have been found in the Soan Valley of Punjab.

The Indus region, which covers most of present day Pakistan, was the site of several successive ancient cultures including the Neolithic Mehrgarh and the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation (2,800–1,800 BC) at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Please read more about Pakistan here.

Honorary Consul General and Consulate office is active with various activities in Finland and Pakistan. Please follow us in Facebook!

Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was our Chief Guest at Business Summit in 2015.
Mr. Wille Eerola met Mr. Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources at this Ministry in Islamabad in 2018.
Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was our Chief Guest at Business Summit in 2015.
Mr. Wille Eerola chaired the Nordic Pakistan Business Summit Helsinki Edition in January 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, the fourth Pakistan Business Summit held since 2014.
Ms. Jehan Ara, President of P@sha and The Big Bird of The Nest i/o and Mr. Muhammad Zohaib Khan, CEO of A2Z Creatorz and Senior Vice Chairman of P@sha met with Mr. Wille Eerola in Karachi in 2018.
In March 2019, Mr. Wille Eerola, Hon. Consul General of Pakistan, participated the first ever International Workshop on Leadership and Security at the National Defense University with 30 participants, representing 15 different nationals.
Mr. Wille Eerola visited the campus of NUTECH, National University of Technology in Pakistan in 2018 and met with the team lead by Rector Khalid Asghar.
Mr. Wille Eerola lead the Finnish delegation to participate the Nordic Pakistan Business Summit held in Islamabad in 2016.
Mr. Wille Eerola joined Mrs. Maarit Rossi – World’s Best Math Teacher – and Mrs. Riffat Mushtaq, Founder and Chairperson at the Roots IVY International school in Islamabad in 2018.
Mr. Wille Eerola, Mr. Mohsen Tavakol, President of Ericsson in Pakistan and other key persons joined the Press Conference of Mobile Monday in Islamabad in 2010.
Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was our Chief Guest at Business Summit in 2015.
Mr. Wille Eerola talking about business and investment opportunities at the Residence of Ambassador of Pakistan to Finland and Sweden, Stockholm in an event hosted by H.E. Tariq Zameer in 2016.
Mr. Wille Eerola and H.E. Shahid Kamal, Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany visited the CIIT Comsats University’s main campus in Islamabad in 2012.
Mr. Wille Eerola interviewed by ARY News durig the launch event of 100th Mobile Monday Chapter in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2010.
Mr. Wille Eerola with other members of the Scandinavian delegation participating the Expo in Karachi in 2014, lead by Ms. Aisha Makhdum, Commercial Councelor ot Embassy of Pakistan in Sweden.
Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was our Chief Guest at Business Summit in 2015.
HCG Wille Eerola hosting Eng. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of Trade and Commerce of Pakistan to Nordic Pakistan Business Summit 2016 in Islamabad.
HCG Wille Eerola presents the shield of Finland Pakistan Business Summit 2014 to Mr. Miftah Ismail, then Chairman of Board of Investment of Pakistan.
HCG Wille Eerola joined Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of Petroleum, Ambassador of Finland H.E. Rauli Suikkanen and Chairman Hassan Raza the stage of Finland Pakistan Business Summit in 2015.
Mr. Hassan Raza from Finland Pakistan Business Council, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, H.E. Rauli Suikkanen Ambassador of Finland, HCG Wille Eerola and Dr. Sohail Naqvi from LUMS at the Official Reception of Finland Pakistan Business Summit 2014.
The first ever Finnish delegation at the Finland Pakistan Business Summit in Islamabad, February 2014.
Honorary Consul General of Pakistan received a shield of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce during their delegation visit in Finland in 2016.
Honorary Consul General visited the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries in December 2016.
HCG Wille Eerola presents a shield of Nordic Pakistan Business Summit 2016 to Mr. Zibber Mohiuddin, CEO of Panasian Group, Pakistan.
HCG Wille Eerola visits the Islamabad Stock Exchange, nowadays part of Pakistan Stock Exchange in 2015.
Representatives of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consul General joined for a meeting in Lahore in December 2016.
Honorary Consul General presents the shield of NPBS 2017 to Mr. Ashley Gold, CEO of Ericsson in Pakistan.
HCG Wille Eerola chaired the 3rd “Pakistan – Challenges and Opportunities” -seminar in Helsinki, Finland in March 2016.
Sialkot Chamber of Commerce visited Finland to meet buyer of medical and surgery equipments. Meeting was hosted by the Honorary Consul General and representatives of Finnpartnership.
Mr. Shahid Mahmud, CEO of Interactive Group Pakistan and Mr. Wille Eerola shared the stage of Finland Pakistan Business Summit in Islamabad in 2014.
HCG Wille Eerola joined the stage of *ship startup festival held in Kotka, Finland in July 2016.

Mr. Wille Eerola joined H.E. Azam Khan Swati, Minister of Technology of Pakistan for the Official Inauguration Ceremony of CIIT Comsat University’s Library in Pakistan in 2011.

History of Consulate of Pakistan in Finland
Pakistan has been represented by Honorary Consuls in Finland since 1950. The current Consul Mr. Wille Eerola is the fifth Hon. Consul and second Hon. Consul General of Pakistan in Finland during the last 7 decades.

2016 –
Mr. Wille Eerola, Honorary Consul General

1982 – 2014
Mr. Heikki Timonen, Honorary Consul General 1990-2014, Honorary Consul 1982-1989

1969 – 1979
Mr. Aarne Roiha, Honorary Consul

1962 – 1967
Mr. Cyril Henrik William Reincke, Honorary Consul

1950 – 1960
Mr. Karl Ragnar Öller, Honorary Consul

Looking for help?

We are pleased to help you with any questions or inquiries concerning Pakistan.

When you are looking for help with your business and business opportunities in Pakistan or with Pakistani companies, you can also contact the Finland-Pakistan Business Council (FPBC). FPBC organises regularly Pakistan related business events in Finland and Pakistan, please follow them for updates.

Honorary Consulate General is also actively supporting the Business Summits, a set of annual events started in 2014 as Finland-Pakistan Business Summit and nowdays taking European and Pakistani companies to meet in Pakistan for business, trade and export. 

Embassy of Pakistan for Finland is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Please click Embassy’s web page for additional details.  There is also an active Finnish Pakistani Friendship Organisation, FPFO operating in Finland.

Visa applications, Passports

PLEASE NOTE: All visas for Finnish applicants traveling to Pakistan are processed at the Embassy of Pakistan, located in Stockholm, Sweden. All visas of Pakistani applicants to Finland are processed by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Islamabad, the acting Embassy for Finland. Please contact us if you need additional help with the visa application or delivery of your passport and application.

Please click here for visa application forms and instructions.

You need to deliver you passport with the application and required attachments to the Embassy. Please contact us for advise: we can provide you logistic services (courier) for delivery when required.

NOTE: All attestations, certificates and other official documents are handled at the Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm only, please read more.

Passports Applications

Please note that all issues related to Pakistani passports are processed through the Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm. Please read the instructions here!

Legalisation of Pakistani documents for Finland, please read the announcement here.

And if you are coming from Pakistan to Finland for your studies, please click here for some information and advises.

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Contact details

Honorary Consulate General of Pakistan in Helsinki

All meetings by appointment only! Please contact us by email or phone to schedule an appointment. Please also notice that we are not handling visas or legalisation of any Pakistani documents and in those cases you should contact the Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm, Sweden.

For all courier or mail deliveries please contact us prior the delivery for instructions and details.

Honorary Consul General visits regularly also other cities for meetings so please contact us or follow our social media channels. Or if you wish to us to visit your city please contact us for arrangements.

We would prefer you to contact us by email or telefax:

Email: consul(at)honoraryconsulatepakistan.fi

Telefax +358 20 700 1355.

In any urgent cases please call HCG directly, +358405316720.

Embassy of Pakistan, Stockholm, Sweden

Karlavägen 65,1st Floor.
114 49  Stockholm, Sweden
Tel.  +46-8-20 33 00

Embassy’s website.

BUSINESS SUMMITS

We have had a great pleasure to co-host several Business Summits including two Finland-Pakistan Business Summits. two Nordic-Pakistan Business Summits and Europe Pakistan Business Summit over the last years. In cooperation with Finland Pakistan Business Council, established back in 1985, over 500 people from 300 companies have joined the annual events organized since 2014.

We are continuously working for new events promoting Pakistan and business opportunities in Pakistan so please stay tuned!

Education

There are plenty of opportunities for education export from Finland to Pakistan, as well as cooperation in various education development projects, and we are pleased to support such bi-lateral development in education, studying and research.

In picture above, Hon. Consul General with the Founder and CEO of KOULU Education Group, Mr. Antti Kaskinen. KOULU started operating in Pakistan in 2017.

There were two education focused MoUs signed during the Nordic Pakistan Business Summit Helsinki Edition in January 2017, read more.

Culture

Honorary Consulate General is thrilled to support various cultural event and cultural exchange between Pakistan and Finland. Please follow the news section and social media channels for updates. In picture Mr. Amanat Ali, one of the Pakistan’s most popular singer & song writers who performed at the Official Reception of the Nordic Pakistan Business Summit in Islamabad in 2016.

In August 2017 we had an unique opportunity to see how culture and education link together when famous Pakistani musician and humanitarian Shehzad Roy visited Finland with his educationist wife Salma Alam to meet with the leading education experts of Finland. In picture this real game-changer-couple with Mr. Jari Lavonen, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Education of University of Helsinki. Read more.

Wille Eerola

Hon. Consul General

“I would really encourage all Finnish people to browse Pakistan, for both business and pleasure. I can guarantee that you will experience the highest level of hospitality everywhere in Pakistan. Welcome to Pakistan!”