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The South African Embassy in Helsinki closed officially on 30 June 2021. From 1 July 2021 the South African Embassy in S...
28/06/2021

The South African Embassy in Helsinki closed officially on 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021 the South African Embassy in Stockholm will also be responsible for South Africa's relations with Finland and Estonia.

The contact details of the South African Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden is as follows:

Alsnogatan 7, 6th Floor
SE-116 41 Stockholm
SWEDEN

TEL: +46 8 24 39 50
+ 46 8 660 7693 (Consular)

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.dirco.gov.za/sweden

The South African Embassy in Helsinki closed officially on 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021 the South African Embassy in Stockholm will also be responsible for South Africa's relations with Finland and Estonia.

The contact details of the South African Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden is as follows:

Alsnogatan 7, 6th Floor
SE-116 41 Stockholm
SWEDEN

TEL: +46 8 24 39 50
+ 46 8 660 7693 (Consular)

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.dirco.gov.za/sweden

21/06/2021

LOWERING OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FLAG, 22 JUNE 2021 @16:30
The South African Embassy in Helsinki will be lowering the South African flag at 16:30 on Tuesday 22 June 2021.
Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu, 4, Helsinki.
South African citizens in Helsinki or friends of South Africa are welcome to come and witness the lowering of the flag.
Draft Programme:
16:25 Congregate at Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu 4,
16:30 Brief remarks
16:35 Singing of the South African National Anthem
16:37 Lowering of the Flag
Depart at own leisure.

The South African Embassy is now auctioning some office furniture:-Office Desks (ISKU)-Office chairs (ISKU)-Visitors cha...
28/05/2021

The South African Embassy is now auctioning some office furniture:

-Office Desks (ISKU)
-Office chairs (ISKU)
-Visitors chairs
-Cabinets (Various)
-Safes
-Etc.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR OFFERS BEFORE OR ON 4 JUNE 2021
Transport is not included in the Offer Price. Pick-up and Transport for the Buyer’s own arrangement.
CONTACT PERSON:
Ms Irina Roue

Email: [email protected]

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKSDear friends of the Embassy.  We have a number of former library books available for free.  Topics incl...
24/05/2021

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS
Dear friends of the Embassy.
We have a number of former library books available for free. Topics include South African photo books, politics, dictionaries, biographies and other.
You are welcome to come and browse and take any books you may find useful during weekdays (24 May until 3 June 2021) between 10:00 and 14:30.

26/04/2021

NOTICE OF LIMITED BLIND AUCTION, 26 April - 4 May 2021
Dear friends of the South African Embassy
During the week of 26 April -4 May (27 April is a South African Public Holiday) the Embassy will engage in Closed Blind Auction of some items.
Due to the COVID-19 regulations the Embassy can only allow a limited number of members from the public to come and view these items at a time.
Should you be interested in participating in this auction, please contact Ms Tepa Rocklin at
e-mail: [email protected]
to register your interest and request time allocation to visit the Embassy to view and bid on the available items for Auction.
Registration will be conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Any further enquiries can be directed to Ms Rocklin.
Please note that we cannot accept any walk-in clients.
A limited number of items are on display at the Chancery (Pohjoinen Makasinnikatu 4, Helsinki). Some items are currently in storage and unfortunately not available for viewing. Pictures are however available of these items.
All items are in varying degrees of wear and tear and are sold "as-is". Electronic equipment should be tested before bidding. No returns will be considered.
The Closed Blind Auction will work as follows:
1) Each participant will draw a Paddle Name upon arrival.
2) You will register your Paddle Name against your own name and contact details in a Register (To enable the Embassy to contact you upon your successful bids).
3) You will be provided with Bid Papers and will be allowed to peruse the available items for auction.
4) For each Bid you wish to make you will write the Lot Number (allocated to each Item on Auction) your Paddle Name, and your price offer on the Bid Paper. You will deposit all bids into the Auction Box.
5) Should you wish to bid for more than one similar item/s, you should complete one Bid Paper for each Lot Number and staple the collective bid together. This will be evaluated against individual bids received for those specific Lot Numbers.
6) All Bids will close on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 at 15:00.
7) The Bid Committee will open the bids on 5 May 2021 and evaluate bids solely on the basis of the Amounts offered for each Lot Number and Winning bids will be awarded on the basis of the Paddle Name written on the Bid Paper. (Only the Paddle Name will be known to the Committee.)
8) Please note that each bid is an undertaking by the Bidder to pay the price offered should that price be the highest bid for the particular item.
9) There are no minimum prices, but fair value prices are recommended.
10) Successful Bids will be announced during the period of 6-7 May 2021. Successful bidders will be informed of the payment arrangements and pick-up arrangement of their items at such time.
11) The Bid Committee's decision is final.
Books are also available for sale at 1 Euro each.
Please note that the wearing of a facemask is obligatory in the Embassy premises and you are advised to maintain good physical distance and observe the required hygiene protocols.
Further auctions may be conducted in future.
Sincerely
Embassy Management

Dear friends of South AfricaThe Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Helsinki regrets to inform you that due to fi...
26/04/2021

Dear friends of South Africa

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Helsinki regrets to inform you that due to financial constraints, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Government had to make the very difficult decision to close some of its Embassies abroad. Regrettably, the Embassy of South Africa in Helsinki has been identified as one of those to be closed.

It is anticipated that after 30 June 2021, all matters pertaining to South Africa's bilateral relationship with the Republics of Finland and Estonia will be conducted on a non-residential basis by the South African Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a result of this situation, the Embassy is also earmarked to cease rendering Civic and Consular Services leading up to the formal closure.

Citizens are advised to start applying for passports and other South African citizen documents from the South African Embassy in Stockholm with immediate effect.

All pending documents already applied for and not yet received may need to be collected from the Embassy in Stockholm. This Embassy will continue to be available for Emergency Consular Assistance, Commissioner of Oath, Certification and other limited services until 28 May 2021.

The last Visa and Permit applications will be accepted on 24 May 2021.

All pending applications and citizen contact databases will be transferred to the Embassy in Stockholm.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Helsinki deeply regrets this turn of events, and wishes to reiterate that the Government of the Republic of South Africa continues to attach great importance to its bilateral partnership and friendship with the Governments and people of Finland and Estonia. The Embassy of South Africa in Stockholm, Sweden will continue to represent South Africa's interests and work on the strengthening of our bilateral relations in future.

To all the South African citizens, our partners and friends that have so actively supported this Embassy's programmes and events over the past 30 years, we wish to express our sincerest appreciation and wish that you will continue to engage with the Embassy in Sweden in a similar manner.

CONTACT DETAILS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY IN STOCKHOLM
Address: Alsnögatan 7, SE-116 41 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 8 24 39 50
+46 8 660 7693 (Consular)
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.dirco.gov.za/sweden/

Dear friends of South Africa

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Helsinki regrets to inform you that due to financial constraints, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Government had to make the very difficult decision to close some of its Embassies abroad. Regrettably, the Embassy of South Africa in Helsinki has been identified as one of those to be closed.

It is anticipated that after 30 June 2021, all matters pertaining to South Africa's bilateral relationship with the Republics of Finland and Estonia will be conducted on a non-residential basis by the South African Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a result of this situation, the Embassy is also earmarked to cease rendering Civic and Consular Services leading up to the formal closure.

Citizens are advised to start applying for passports and other South African citizen documents from the South African Embassy in Stockholm with immediate effect.

All pending documents already applied for and not yet received may need to be collected from the Embassy in Stockholm. This Embassy will continue to be available for Emergency Consular Assistance, Commissioner of Oath, Certification and other limited services until 28 May 2021.

The last Visa and Permit applications will be accepted on 24 May 2021.

All pending applications and citizen contact databases will be transferred to the Embassy in Stockholm.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Helsinki deeply regrets this turn of events, and wishes to reiterate that the Government of the Republic of South Africa continues to attach great importance to its bilateral partnership and friendship with the Governments and people of Finland and Estonia. The Embassy of South Africa in Stockholm, Sweden will continue to represent South Africa's interests and work on the strengthening of our bilateral relations in future.

To all the South African citizens, our partners and friends that have so actively supported this Embassy's programmes and events over the past 30 years, we wish to express our sincerest appreciation and wish that you will continue to engage with the Embassy in Sweden in a similar manner.

CONTACT DETAILS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY IN STOCKHOLM
Address: Alsnögatan 7, SE-116 41 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 8 24 39 50
+46 8 660 7693 (Consular)
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.dirco.gov.za/sweden/

08/04/2021

Dear South African/Southern African students studying in Finland.
The Embassy was approached by renowned South African Director/Producer
Albertus Louw who is conducting research in collaboration with the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria. He is looking to engage with South African students who are studying in Finland or working on a research project or involved in a technology/science/innovation project or startup.
Should this apply to you and you wish to share your story with
Albertus Louw, you may contact him by e-mail: [email protected]
of contact the Embassy at [email protected]

04/01/2021

Please note that the Embassy's normal telephone number is currently out of order.

For Consular appointments kindly contact: +358 46 8801296 Mondays to Fridays between 09:00 and 15:00
E-mail: [email protected]

For General Enquiries, please contact: +358 400 605890, Mondays to Fridays between 09:00 and 15:00.
E-mail: [email protected]

Due to current COVID 19 Restrictions the Embassy can no longer accept walk-in clients. All visitors are allowed strictly on the basis of an appointment. Please note that the Embassy is currently operating with reduced capacity until 10 January 2020.

04/01/2021

To all the South Africans and Friends of South Africa in Finland and Estonia, please receive our best wishes for a prosperous and safe New Year.

02/10/2020

South Africa has gradually started opening some International Borders on 1 October 2020. Countries are classified according to High Risk, Medium Risk or Low Risk based on the number of infections compared to South Africa.

Both Finland and Estonian visitors are currently allowed for leisure and business travel, with the normal entry and visa requirements applying.

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.za/covid-19/individuals-and-households/travel-coronavirus-covid-19

07/08/2020

A message from Ambassador Carmen Smidt for Women’s Month.
#IAmGenerationEquality

25/05/2020

Celebrate Africa Day with us!

27/04/2020

Ambassador Carmen Smidt’s Freedom Day Message from Official Residence in Helsinki, Finland

Dear fellow South Africans, friends of South Africa in Finland and Estonia

On 27 April 2020, today, South Africa is commemorating 26 years since the end of apartheid.

We would normally bring our compatriots, diplomats and friends of South Africa together to celebrate our freedom. However, this year our commemoration will be different. We are swapping the traditional celebration of South African colours, music and dance, with conditions of social distancing, isolation and staying home to be safe.

Let us take a moment of silence today to remember all those across the world, and in South Africa Finland and Estonia that have succumbed to the pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with all suffering loss of loved ones and also those struggling in the midst of poverty and isolation.

We also know that the measures introduced here in Finland, Estonia and in South Africa, have caused immense economic hardships for many. We do however realise, as President Ramaphosa had said, whilst these measures are having a devastating effect on the economy, “it is nothing compared to the catastrophic human, social and economic cost, if the coronavirus could spread amongst our people unchecked”.

We therefore implore everyone to continue practicing good hygiene, social distancing and staying at home to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Although most of us are confined to our houses or under conditions of restricted movement, we thought it is an important moment to reflect on what our Freedom means to each and every one of us. On 27 April 1994 in South Africa, South Africans demonstrated to the world their resilience and fortitude to overcome our differences and try to forge a better future together. Today, again we are facing challenges, which will require our collective strength, in order to overcome this.

We are overwhelmed by the incredible acts of humanity demonstrated during these times, not only in South Africa, but all over the world. I would like to echo the words of President Ramaphosa when he said, “even as we find ourselves at a moment of great peril, even as great sacrifices are demanded, even as we dare not allow our vigilance to waver, we look ahead to a better future. I have faith in the strength and resilience of ordinary South Africans, who have proven time and time again – throughout our history – that we can rise to the challenge”.

In these trying times we wish to thank Finland and Estonia for their continued acts of solidarity towards the international community. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Finland and Estonia, once this period is over, to again work in unison, strengthen our bilateral relations, work towards stronger multilateral institutions and to continue seeking solutions to the worlds’ numerous challenges. Africa will continue to need the support of the international community to overcome this crisis, now more than ever.

As individuals I would like to call on you to continue to support our compatriots here in Finland and Estonia that are trying to make a living with their various home businesses. Let us continue to support each other to help each other get back up on our feet again.

If you have the means to, please support the South African Solidarity Fund as well as NGO’s in South Africa helping the most vulnerable people.

To our Finnish and Estonian friends we would like to call on you to continue to support our education system, drink our sustainable and ethically-produced wines, buy South African products and remember to visit some of South Africa’s beautiful attractions, once we are able to travel again.

Reach out to those in your communities that may need your help, your strength or your voice of comfort in these trying times.

But today we also want to celebrate South Africa’s Freedom Day with you.

We would therefore like to challenge you to take a moment to remember what makes South Africa special for you.

Share a picture or message of what you are doing today to celebrate South Africa here in Finland and Estonia. Post your pictures posts under #2020FreedomDay.

Let’s celebrate our Freedom Day together, even if we are apart and at home.

I thank you.

Osoite

Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu 4
Helsinki
00130

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Maanantai 09:00 - 15:00
Tiistai 09:00 - 15:00
Keskiviikko 09:00 - 15:00
Torstai 09:00 - 15:00
Perjantai 09:00 - 15:00

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