Relations between Turkey and Finland

The Ottoman Empire recognized Finland in February 1918, after its declaration of independence on 6 December 1917. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established with the Friendship Agreement signed in 1924.

Relations between Turkey and Finland, a keen supporter of Turkey’s EU membership bid, continue to flourish through cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral platforms.

As an important reflection of the close cooperation between the two countries, the “Mediation for Peace” joint initiative was launched by Turkish and Finnish Foreign Ministers in September 2010, in New York, under the auspices of the UN, with the aim of increasing UN’s efficiency and capacity in peace building. As of May 2019, the number of members of the “Friends of Mediation Group” reached 58, with 50 countries and 8 major regional and international organizations including the UN.

In 2018, bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Finland reached 1.323 billion US Dollars (Turkish exports 339 million USD; imports 984 billion USD), corresponding to a 7 % increase compared to the previous year.

Turkey’s main items of exports to Finland include motor cars, parts and accessories for motor vehicles, ceramic flags and paving, while its main import items from Finland are chemical wood pulp, paper and paperboard, coated with kaolin or inorganic substances and alloy steel flat-rolled products.

The Declaration on Establishing Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) between Turkey and Finland was signed on 4 February 2015.

Turkish community living in Finland, number of which amounts to nearly 13.000, is an important component of our bilateral relations. The election of 7 people of Turkish origin to the municipal councils in the last local elections held in April 2017, was an important development for the Turkish community living in Finland.

Nearly 129 thousand Finnish tourists visited Turkey in 2018, corresponding to a 33 % increase compared to the previous year.