Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Postal address:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
P.O.Box 176, FI-00023 Government, Finland

Switchboard: +358 295 16001
Fax: +358 9 629 840 or 1605 5799

24/7 service

+358 9 1605 5555

Calls will be recorded

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Media enquiries service

Outside office hours +358 40 551 6571

During office hours: please contact Unit for Communications on Current Affairs

Unit for Communications on Current Affairs

Customer service

Legalisation of documents


  • Customer Service moves
  • Customer service time: Mon-Thu 9-11 am
  • E-mail
  • Visiting address Merikasarminkatu 5 D
  • Postal address:
    Ministry for Foreign Affairs
    KPA-40/ Legalizations
    P.O. Box 176
    00023 GOVERNMENT

Diplomatic and service passports, visas for official travel

The organisation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs who is in charge of the government department. The Ministry's highest civil servants are the Secretary of State, who acts as the head of the Office of the Minister, and four Under-Secretaries of State.

Three of the members of the Government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä are responsible for matters that fall under the administration of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Timo Soini
Timo Soini
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Anne-Mari Virolainen
Anne-Mari Virolainen
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
Anne Berner
Anne Berner
Minister for Nordic Cooperation

Registry office

Visiting address: Ritarikatu 2 b, open on working days 8.00–16.15
Telephone:  +358 295 351 861
Notice: No legalisation service in the Registry office.

Documents addressed to Ministry for Foreign Affairs can be delivered to the Government's mail distribution centre, address: Ritarikatu 2 b, open on working days 8.00–16.15. However, the embassies located in Helsinki can deliver documents to Ministry for Foreign affairs in Merikasarmi.

Visiting addresses

  • Department for the Americas and Asia and Department for Development Policy: Kirkkokatu 12
  • Department for Africa and the Middle East: Kanavakatu 3 B
  • Political Department, Legal Service, Consular Services, Protocol Services, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Laivastokatu 22, Merikasarminkatu 5F
  • Department for External Economic Relations, Department for Europe and Financial Management Unit: Eteläesplanadi 4
  • Department for Communication: Kanavakatu 3 C
  • Administrative Services: Kanavakatu 3 B

  • Human Resources Development, Director General for Administrative Services, Deputy Director General for Human Resources and General administration: Eteläesplanadi 4