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Finland, Luxembourg mark centenary of diplomatic ties

Published : 25 Oct 2021, 16:01

  DF Report

Photo: Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland and Luxembourg are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries on Monday, 25 October, said the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a press release.

On 20 October 1921, Luxembourg gave its approval to Finland’s request for an agrément, i.e. the request to appoint a diplomatic representative of the Finnish Government to Luxembourg.

On 25 October 1921, the then Finnish President K. J. Ståhlberg appointed Georg Achates Gripenberg, Finland’s acting Chargé d’ Affaires in Brussels and the Hague, to serve as a non-resident Chargé d’Affaires also in Luxembourg.

Finland and Luxembourg have common interests in many foreign policy areas, such as human rights and equality issues, climate targets and the rule of law.

Both the countries were recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council for 2022–2024.

“Both countries are staunch supporters of multilateralism, and support for the EU is strong and positions are often close to one another. Therefore, cooperation between Finland and Luxembourg is easy,” said Riitta Resch, Finland’s Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Like Finland’s first Chargé d’ Affaires to Luxembourg, Riitta Resch, Ambassador of Finland to Belgium, serves as a Non-resident Ambassador of Finland to Luxembourg. Luxembourg’s Ambassador to Finland Henri Schumacher has been accredited to Finland from Luxembourg’s Embassy in Copenhagen.