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International agreements

Finland is a State Party to several international agreements. As a process, concluding an agreement may take several years. In general, the different stages of processing an agreement include the signing and ratification of the agreement and the procedures required to make it enter into force.

As to the following agreements, the signatures and ratifications will be deposited with Finland. Finland will also receive the notifications of their entry into force from the other States Parties, and notify the others of them.


Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Status of Ratification and Entry into Force as of 29 March 2009

The Agreement between the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Sweden on the Privileges and Immunities of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission was adopted and opened for signature by States Parties to the Helsinki Convention on 2 February 1998 in Helsinki. After its entry into force, the Agreement shall be open for accession by any State Party to the Helsinki Convention.

pdfText of the Agreement (PDF)


Agreement on a Testing Ground for Application of the Kyoto Mechanisms on Energy Projects in the Baltic Sea Region, Gothenburg, 29 September 2003

The Agreement on a Testing Ground for Application of the Kyoto Mechanisms on Energy Projects in the Baltic Sea Region was adopted and opened for signature by Countries of the Baltic Sea Region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden) on 29 September 2003 in Gothenburg.

pdfText of the Agreement (PDF)


Convention on the European Forest Institute (EFI) on 28 August 2003 in Joensuu

The Convention on the European Forest Institute was adopted by the Conference to adopt the Convention on the European Forest Institute and opened for signature by European States and European regional economic integration organizations on 28 August 2003 in Joensuu. In accordance with its Article 14, the Convention shall remain open for signature in Helsinki at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, until 28 November 2003. The Convention has entered into force on 4 September 2005. The Convention is open for accession.

pdfText of the Convention (EFI)
Joensuu, 28th of August 2003 (PDF)

Additional language versions 

A Circular Note on the authentication of the French and German language versions of the Convention on the European Forest Institute (MFA, Helsinki 21 August 2012):

pdfCircular Note 2012 (MFA, Helsinki 21 August 2012)

 French and German language versions:

pdfConvention sur l’Institut européen de la forêt (PDF in French)

pdfÜbereinkommen über das Europäische Forstinstitut (PDF in German)

A Circular Note on the authentication of the Spanish language version of the Convention on the European Forest Institute (MFA, Helsinki 9 July 2013):

pdfCircular Note 2013 (MFA, Helsinki 9 July 2013) 

Spanish language version:

pdfConvenio del instituto Forestal Europeo (PDF in Spanish) 


Agreement between the Government of Finland and the European Forest Institute (EFI) on the Legal Status, Privileges and Immunities of the Institute and its Personnel, 2005

The Agreement has been done in Helsinki in duplicate in the English language on 22 December 2005, and it entered into force on 9 March 2007.

pdfText of the Agreement (Host Country Agreement) (PDF, 35 KB)


Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1992

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