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.


  • ALI-40@gov.fi

Post address

Unit for the Northern Africa
PO Box 176

Visiting address

Laivastokatu 22


Krista Napola
  • +358 295 350 812
Aysu Shakir
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 219
Mari Neuvonen
Special assignment
Southern Neighbourhood, Finland’s representative at the Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOM) of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea Cooperation
  • +358 295 350 766
Henna Mäki-Mantila
  • +358 295 351 049
Petri Salo
Ambassador; Senior Adviser
Special Envoy for the Sahel and West Africa
  • +358 295 351 018
Suvi Sipilä
Programme Officer
Regional Development Cooperation, Middle East and North Africa
  • +358 295 351 758
Anne M´Rabet
Desk Officer
  • +358 295 350 636