Finland and Russia celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations – Foreign Ministers Haavisto and Lavrov exchange congratulatory letters

On 16 December, Finnish and Russian Foreign Ministers Pekka Haavisto and Sergei Lavrov exchanged letters of congratulation on 100 years of diplomatic relations between their countries. Diplomatic relations between Finland and Russia were established 100 years ago on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 1920.

Letter from minister Haavisto (pdf, 156 KB)

Letter from minister Lavrov (pdf, 2 MB)

The 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations was also commemorated at a Finnish-Russian history seminar held last week on 8 December 2020, which featured speeches from experts on the history of relations between the two countries. The event was held simultaneously at the National Archives of Finland in Helsinki, at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow and online. A recording of the event is available for viewing until 25 December 2020. 



Niklas Lindqvist, Director, Unit for Russia,, tel. +358 295 351 517