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The agenda of relations between Brazil and Finland is very positive. The importance of Brazil to Finnish diplomacy has been confirmed in the speeches of the highest authorities of that country. In 2013, the Action Plan of Finland for Latin America and the Caribbean described Brazil as "one of the engines of the world economy" and "major player in international politics" from the 2000s on.

The visit of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Finland (2007) and the visit of Prime-Minister Jyrki Katainen to Brazil (2012) are highlights among the high-level meetings in recent years.

Cooperation in science, technology and innovation is one of the main axes of bilateral relations. With an economy directed to the promotion of knowledge and innovation, Finland contributes to the Brazilian effort to promote research in coordination with productive sectors, in order to achieve a new level of competitiveness.

With an education system of recognized excellence, Finland is a relevant partner in actions of academic cooperation. The country has joined the Science without Borders Program and has reaffirmed its interest in the admission of Brazilian students in its institutions, which offer a variety of English language courses. Thanks to the quality of its basic education, regarded as the best in the world by international indexes, Finland has attracted field trips from Brazilian fundamental and middle education institutions, interested in deepening their knowledge on Finnish experiences.

Brazil and Finland positions on several issues of the international agenda are convergent. Finland supports Brazil's aspiration to a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council, and the two countries agree on the need to update the fora of global governance.

Brazil is Finland's major commercial partner in Latin America. The flow of trade and investment, one of the main axes of their relations, still presents prospects for improvement.

For more than two decades, Finland has been organizing its own carnival – along the same lines as the Brazilian carnival, with parades of escolas de samba (samba schools) - seven in total - and carnival balls. The country has more than ten capoeira groups. The demand for Brazilian Portuguese language learning has increased, with a continuous growth in enrollments in the Brazil-Finland Cultural Center, at the Brazilian Embassy in Helsinki.


Chronology of bilateral relations

1876 – Visit of D. Pedro II to southern Grand Duchy of Finland (autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire)

1919 – Brazil recognizes the independence of Finland

1929 - Diplomatic relations between Brazil and Finland are established

1938 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Helsinki.

1940 - Getúlio Vargas authorizes the donation of 10,000 sacks of coffee to Finland during the Winter War

1983 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Pär Stenbäack visits Brazil

1986 – Prime Minister Taisto Kalevi Sorso visits Brazil

1986 – Minister of Foreign Trade Jerme Laine visits Brazil

1990 – Minister of Foreign Trade Pertti Salolainen visits Brazil

1996 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Tarja Halonen visits Brazil

1996 – Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade Ole Norrback visits Brazil

1997 – President of the Republic, Matti Ahtissari, visits Brazil

1998 – Minister of Commerce and Industry Antti Kalliomaki visits Brazil

2000 – Minister of Communications João Pimenta da Veiga visits Finland

2001 - Minister of Transportation and Communications Olli-Pekka Heinonen visits Brazil.

2002 – Minister of Foreign Trade Jari Villén visits Brazil

2002 – Vice President of the Republic Marco Maciel visits Brazil

2003 – President of the Republic Tarja Halonen visits Brazil

2004 – Minister of Development, Industry and Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan visits Finland

2006 – President of the Republic Tarja Halonen visits Brazil

2006 – Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Juha Korkeaoja visits Brazil

2007 – State visit of President of the Republic Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Finland, accompanied by significant ministerial delegation.

2008 – Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen visits Brazil

2009 – Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrinen visits Brazil

2011– Meeting for Political Consultations between the foreign ministers of Brazil and Finland, in Helsinki

2012Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb visit Brazil

2013 - Minister of Economy Jan Vapaavuori visits Brazil

2013 – Minister of Education and Science Krista Kiuru visits Brazil

2015President Dilma Rousseff visits Finland, occasion when she keeps working meetings with President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (October, 20)

2016 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Timo Soini, visits Brazil from August 11-14. In Brasilia, he is received by Minister José Serra (August 10)

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