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Finland–United States relations

Finland – United States relations
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Finland – United States relations are bilateral relations between Finland and the United States.

According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 48% of Finnish people approve of U.S. leadership, with 34% disapproving and 18% uncertain.[1]


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


Following the Finnish declaration of independence on December 6, 1917, the US government was among the first to recognize it. Diplomatic relations between the two governments were established in 1920 at a Legation level.

During the Second World War, as the Finnish government cooperated with the Axis Powers, relations were maintained nevertheless. The US government resisted Soviet pressures to declare war on Finland, but on June 30, 1944 it agreed to sever diplomatic relations with the Finnish government. Following the Finnish withdrawal from the war and Finnish action against German troops in early 1945, the US government reopened its legation in Helsinki on March 1, 1945. On August 20, 1945, negotiations were started between the two governments on re-establishing diplomatic relation, and this was done on August 31.[2]

Relations between the two countries were raised to embassy level on September 10, 1954.

Relations between the United States and Finland are warm. Some 200,000 U.S. citizens visit Finland annually, and about 3,000 U.S. citizens are resident there. The U.S. has an educational exchange program in Finland that is comparatively large for a Western European country of Finland’s size. It is financed in part from a trust fund established in 1976 from Finland’s final repayment of a U.S. loan made in the aftermath of World War I.

Finland is bordered on the east by Russia and, as one of the former Soviet Union’s neighbors, has been of particular interest and importance to the US both during the Cold War and in its aftermath. Before the USSR dissolved in 1991, longstanding US policy was to support Finnish neutrality while maintaining and reinforcing Finland’s historic, cultural, and economic ties with the West. The US has welcomed Finland’s increased participation since 1991 in Western economic and political structures.

Economic and trade relations between Finland and the United States are active and were bolstered by the F-18 Hornet purchase. U.S.–Finland trade totals almost $5 billion annually. The U.S. receives about 7% of Finland’s exports – mainly pulp and paper, ships, machinery, electronics, instruments, and refined petroleum products[3] – and provides about 7% of its imports – principally computers, semiconductors, aircraft, machinery.

Principal U.S. officials include

  • Ambassador-- Charles C. Adams, Jr [4]
  • Deputy Chief of Mission - Susan Elbow
  • Public Affairs Counselor - Jeff Reneau
  • Political-Economic Section Chief - Rodney Hunter
  • Management Affairs - Steven Rider
  • Commercial Section - Nicholas Kuchova
  • Defense Attache - Colonel Scott Shugato
  • Consular Officer - Susan Carl
  • Regional Security Officer - Rick Gregory
  • Agricultural Officer - Steve Huete (resident in The Hague)

The U.S. embassy in Finland is in Helsinki.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Global Leadership Project Report - 2012 Gallup
  2. ^ Department of State Bulletin, September 2, 1945, p. 339
  3. ^ Finnish Customs statistics for 2006.
  4. ^ Source: United States Embassy in Helsinki

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]

Further reading

  • Fields, Marek. "Reinforcing Finland's Attachment to the West: British and American Propaganda and Cultural Diplomacy in Finland, 1944-1962." (2015). Abstract
  • Golubev, Alexey, and Irina Takala. The Search for a Socialist El Dorado: Finnish Immigration to Soviet Karelia from the United States and Canada in the 1930s (MSU Press, 2014)
  • Jakobson, Max. The diplomacy of the winter war: an account of the Russo-Finnish War, 1939-1940 (Harvard Univ Press, 1961.)
  • Rislakki, Jukka, "`Without Mercy': U.S. Strategic Intelligence and Finland in the Cold War," Journal of Military History, (Jan. 2015) 79#1 pp: 127-49.
  • Schwartz, Andrew J. America and the Russo-Finnish War (Public Affairs Press, 1960)

External links

  • History of Finland - U.S. relations

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