History of Japan-Finland Diplomatic Relations
A.E. Nordenskiöld visits Yokohama
Finnish explorer and geologist Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld traveled through the Arctic sea route and arrived in Yokohama.
Independence of Finland
On sixth of December 1917, Finland declares independence from the Russian Empire.
Establishment of diplomatic relations
In May, Japan officially recognizes Finland. As a result, the two countries establish diplomatic relations. On September 6, Professor G.J. Ramstedt, renowned expert on Asia, appointed as the first Finnish Envoy to Japan, from 1920 to 1929, during which he was a frequent guest lecturer at Tokyo University, where he influenced many Japanese researchers. He acquired command of the Japanese language quickly.
Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation
Treaty of Commerce and Navigation was signed.
Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Finnish Japanese Society (SJY) established in Helsinki
The Society was founded on May 8th, 1935 in Helsinki, Finland and it has been an active organizer of Japan related events in Finland.
The photo is from their annual party in 1938 (The Finnish Japanese Society).
Cessation of diplomatic relations
Japanese Consulate General in Helsinki and Finnish Trade Office and Consulate General in Tokyo opened
Japanese Consulate General in Helsinki and Finnish Trade Office and Consulate General in Tokyo opened.
Ten years after, in 1962, promoted to the status of Embassy.