A warm welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Helsinki, Finland. The website is an indispensable tool in the mission’s quests to enhance the flow of information and knowledge about Namibia, promote trade, tourism and investment opportunities as well as other services offered to Namibians and foreign nationals in Finland and other countries of accreditation.
Finding study opportunities for Namibians in the form of quotas, in the institutions of higher learning and the promotion of students exchange programs in the countries of our accreditation remain high on the mission’s agenda.
Finland and Namibia have long standing relations that started over 140 years ago, when the first Finnish missionaries arrived in Namibia. Finland supported the Namibian people during our struggle for freedom and national independence. We shall remain most grateful for that demonstration of friendship and solidarity.
Currently the mode of cooperation between Namibia and Finland has moved from the traditional grant funding to broader cooperation and both countries agreed to diversify their cooperation and have a partnership where commercial, cultural, political and development cooperation complement each other.
Our responsibilities are as follows;
- To represent the President, the Government and the people of Namibia
- To maintain, promote and further strengthen the relations that exist between Namibia and the countries of our accreditation
- To defend and protect the interest of Namibia and that of our Nationals in the countries, within the limits permitted by the international law.
The Namibian constitution which is the supreme law of the country guarantees the citizens the right to expression and freedom of association. Since independence Namibia has maintained an environment conducive to press freedom. Namibia also remains committed to a free market economic system and recognizes the role of the private sector in the development process.
Within the sub-continent Namibia has got a comparative advantage of preferential access to transport and trade links with the 130 million inhabitants of the sub-region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Furthermore, markets comprising an additional 125 million within the second trade grouping of the Community of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Namibia is also a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and as such enjoys duty-free access to these markets.
Namibia's strategic location and highly competitive package of incentives should also be of great interest to companies eager to penetrate the emerging and potential lucrative markets of Angola and the People's Democratic Republic of Congo. Namibia is actively seeking foreign investment as a way to develop the economy, generate employment for its people and to boost foreign exchange earnings and has taken a number of positive steps to establish a system and environment conducive to foreign investment.
For foreign investors interested in this lucrative but unexploited territory, an attractive enabling environment, highly competitive fiscal benefits, the opportunity to overcome restrictive barriers into the EU and American markets, as well as operating in almost absolute industrial calm, Namibia is definitely the place to be.
The quick and efficient deep water harbour of Walvis Bay, a growth point and link into the major road transport corridors into neighbouring countries, including the Trans-Caprivi and Trans-Kalahari Highways, complete Namibia's appeal as a gateway location.
Whether you are a tourist seeking natural splendour in a land of contrast, or an investor seeking rewarding opportunities in a diversifying economy, Namibia will provide you with all your needs and will be a destination that will truly be unforgettable.
This website, however, can only provide you with a glimpse of what Namibia has to offer, and I would thus encourage you to use it as your gateway to come and visit Namibia and experience the land of wide open spaces and enjoy our country’s many areas of outstanding natural beauty and other sites of importance for conservation and wildlife.
Please do not hesitate to call or visit the embassy should you have any inquiries, or for more information on Namibia.
Thank you for visiting our website, and for your interest in NAMIBIA, the land of the brave.