The Embassy of Finland in Berlin
Address: Rauchstrasse 1, Berlin, D-10787
Tel: +49 (0)30 50 50 30
Amb. Ritva Inkeri Koukku-Ronde
Amb. Ritva Inkeri Koukku-Ronde began her responsibilities as the Ambassador in Berlin on the 1st of September 2015. Prior to this position she served as an ambassador to the United States 2011-2015. Amb. Koukku-Ronde was the first female Finnish ambassador to the United States.
Amb. Koukku-Ronde graduated from the University of Tampere in 1982 with an M.A. in history. During the years between her studies and her responsibilities in the Finnish Foreign Affairs, she worked as a freelance journalist.
In 1985, Amb. Koukku-Ronde was hired as an attaché in the Press and Culture Section by the Finnish Foreign Affairs where she worked for three years. In 1986 she was assigned at the Finnish Embassy in Bonn, West-Germany as attaché; and in 1987 again as an attaché in the Ministry’s Department for International Development Cooperation. From 1987 to 1990, Amb. Koukku-Ronde served at the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya first as Second Secretary, then as First Secretary and finally as Deputy Head of Mission.
She was also liaison to the UN Environment Program and UN Habitat, in world headquarters located in Nairobi. From 1990 to 1994 Amb. Koukku-Ronde served as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Afterwards, she worked at the Foreign Ministry in Helsinki as a Counsellor in the Politics Department of the Unit for the European Union and Western European Countries, from 1994 to 1995. In 1995, she served as Special Adviser to the Director General of the Political Department, and from 1996 to 1998, she was Director for United Nations Development Issues in the Department for International Development Cooperation.
Germany recognised the independence of Finland in 1918 and ever since Germany and Finland have had a good diplomatic relationship. The Finnish consulate is located in 12 different addresses in Berlin. Before establishing the actual embassy, the consulate worked in a couple of offices in Berlin.
During the cold war, Finland formed a diplomatic cooperation with the German Democratic Republic in 1973. And after the unification of the Federal Republic of Germany and German Democratic Republic in 1990, the Finnish consulate moved from Bonn to Berlin.
The present embassy building is located in Tiergarten. The Finnish Embassy has a unique partnership with other four Nordic countries, as they together form the Nordic Embassies complex. The embassies share together the similar architecture style and a cultural house, Felleshus that is used together by all embassies for cultural activities, exhibitions and conferences.