Permanent State Secretary

The highest permanent civil servant of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Permanent State Secretary, has over-all responsibility for the activities and organisation of the foreign policy administration as well as the development of the personnel policy.

He also directs the financial and strategy planning of his administration and supervises the preparation of the budget and its implemention, whilst being in charge of important projects in his domain.

The Permanent State Secretary also follows the work of the different departments, units and embassies of the Foreign Ministry and is active in international politics.



Post address

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
PO Box 176

Visiting address

Laivastokatu 22 A


Jukka Salovaara
Permanent State Secretary
  • +358 9 160 550 10
Ritva Lähde
Executive Secretary
  • +358 295 351 397
  • +358 9 160 550 11
Niina Nyrhinen
Diplomatic Adviser
  • +358 295 350 273
Emilia van Veen
Diplomatic Adviser
  • +358 295 350 525

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