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.
Pakistan has been represented by a Honorary Consul in Finland since 1950. 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, fifth Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Finland, 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.
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. There are certainly challenges that Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s government needs to tackle but in 2018 the GDP growth was 5.2% (5.4% in 2017) and World Bank just listed Pakistan one of the best reformers in the world. There is that other side of Pakistan, which we would encourage Finnish people and companies to browse too!
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!
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 within various sectors and fields, building bridges between two nations, people and companies – here you will see just a few examples over the years.
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Mr. Wille Eerola lead a delegation on healthcare and education from Turku University of Applied Sciences and University of Turku to Shifa International Hospitals, Islamabad in January 2020.
HCG Wille Eerola gave a speech about entrepeneurship at IBA, Institute of Business Administration, in Karachi, Pakistan in February 2020.
HCG Wille Eerola joined Mr. Usman Dar, Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, to inaugurate hi-tech skill training programs at NUTECH, Islamabad, in February 2020..
MoU on skill training was signed between NUTECH, Shifa International Hospitals, Turku Vocational Institute from Finland, and Finland Pakistan Business Council in March 2020.
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.
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, first Honorary Consul, Exequatur dated on May 4, 1950
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.
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.
You need to deliver you passport with the application and required attachments to the Embassy. Corporate and business travelers: please contact us for advise – we can provide you logistic services (courier) for Finland-Sweden delivery when required.
NOTE: All attestations, certificates and other official documents are handled at the Embassy of Pakistan in Stockholm only, please read more.
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.
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:
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
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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!
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.
We have had such a great pleasure to closely support the birth of new teachers training institute in Karachi, Pakistan. Durbeen, a Pakistani NGO, started their new teachers training program in fall 2019 and the partners of the first project include also Sindh Government and University of Helsinki from Finland, one of the worlds leading universities in education. Read more here.
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 here ja Shehzad Roy’s interview in Finnish newspaper Kaleva (23 Aug 2017)
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