Unit for Northern Africa

The Unit for Northern Africa handles matters concerning Finland’s relations with North Africa, including Sudan, the countries of the Sahel region, and regional organisations and other relevant cooperation bodies.

The Unit is responsible for:

  • political, trade political, commercial and economic, and cultural matters with respect to the countries of the region in so far as they concern Finland’s bilateral relations with them or pertain to the EU’s external relations and to multilateral institutions;
  • regional organisations and other cooperation bodies, such as the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Arab League;
  • matters relating to state and ministerial visits to and from the region, contacts with the countries of the region including, for example, bilateral consultations and export promotion;
  • monitoring the activities of international organisations and financial institutions in the region and providing information about the region to other departments of the Ministry.


Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia


  • ALI-40@formin.fi

Post address

Unit for the Northern Africa
PO Box 176

Invoice address

OVT: 0037024597392440
Operator: OpusCapita Solutions Oy (E204503)

Ann-Christine Krank
  • +358 295 350 111
Ida Reini
  • +358 295 350 109
Maruan El Krekshi
Desk Officer
Sudan, Sahel
  • maruan.elkrekshi@formin.fi
  • +358 295 350 200
Kaisa Hemminki
  • +358 295 350 622
Annmarie Kiiskinen
Project Assistant
Algeria, Morocco
  • +358 295 350 374
Eija Roos
Administrative Officer
  • +358 295 350 275
Petri Salo
Petri Salo
Senior Adviser
Financial instruments in North Africa
  • +358 295 351 018
Suvi Sipilä
Programme Officer
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758
Tuula Svinhufvud
Senior Adviser
Libya, Tunisia
  • +358 40 728 3186
  • +358 295 350 462