Finnish Institute of International Affairs

National Network

Arkadiankatu 23B
00100 Helsinki

+358 9 432 7780
+358 9 432 7799
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Research
General Information
The FIIA emphasizes the importance and usefulness of analytical information. The FIIA puts its aim into practice by conducting research, by maintaining networks of researchers at home and abroad, and by organizing lectures, seminars and conferences. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs was founded in 1961 on the initiative of the Paasikivi Society (Paasikivi-Seura). It is a private institute maintained by the Foundation for Foreign Policy Research (Ulkopolitiikan tutkimuksen säätiö), and it has a duty to assist the public administration. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs has 25 employees of whom 13 are researchers and 12 work in administration. The annual budget is around 1 million euros. The main partners are Finnish ministries, the parliament, foreign embassies, other research institutes worldwide and other governments worldwide.
Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is to promote the analytical discussion of international affairs in Finland and thereby to support decision-making in the field of foreign policy. The FIIA produces information that is up to date, suitably adapted and easy to digest. The main research areas are the EU's foreign, security and defense policies, Russia and its relationship to 'the West', transatlantic relations, terrorism, China's societal development and democratization in the Middle East.

Main Projects / Activities

The areas of emphasis in the FIIA's research are: Finnish foreign and security policy, EU foreign and security policy, The enlargement of the EU, Democracy and globalization: dialogue between the EU and Africa, The security of the Nordic-Baltic region, Russia and the EU, The Taiwan question, China’s transforming society. The Middle East project concentrates on Arab reforms and external influence on Middle East.

Contact (1) Full Name
Mr. Mika Aaltola
Head of the organisation