The Finlande.be -service is a distribution channel for information and services provided by the Finnish embassy and Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finns and non-Finns alike. The online service is provided in Finnish, Swedish, French, Dutch and English.
Front-page news is a topical communiqué, speech or article on Finland, Finnish culture or the activities of the Representation in Belgium. Also to be found on the homepage is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ current affairs column with communiqués, speeches and articles from the state and foreign affairs administration.
The Current Affairs link takes users to the representation’s own communiqués and articles about the activities of the representation. Also available on this page is advice to travellers and communiqués from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which are updated via the formin.finland.fi site, as well as media reviews drafted by the representation. Current affairs material can be ordered as an RSS feed for delivery to an RSS reader.
The Culture Calendar provides information about cultural events in which Finland or Finnish artists are participating.
The Embassy section contains some words of welcome from the Ambassador, introduces our staff and premises and describes the history of Finland’s diplomatic activities in Belgium.
The Services section provides information about passports, entry permits and citizenship, how to notify a change of residence, other consular services provided by the embassy, and dealing with crisis situations.
The Info about Belgium pages offers some basic information about Belgium, the Belgium state system, relations between Belgium and Finland, Finland and Finns in Belgium.
The Commercial Services section describes commercial services that are available in Belgium.
The Links pages are a collection of links to useful and interesting sites in Finland and Belgium.
The Feedback page contains a form which can be used to contact the embassy quickly and to ask questions, make comments and provide feedback on the web site.
The Contact Details pages show how to contact the embassy. The pages also provide links to other Finnish representations around the world.
The embassy assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information on sites maintained by other parties that are accessed via the links.
Users can keep an eye on the Current Affairs section with the help of an RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication/Rich Site Summary). A user can ask for the latest news to be delivered to an RSS reader. This means that a user does not have to keep visiting the site to receive updates.
RSS readers are available on line free of charge. Instructions on the how to use RSS feeds are available at e.g. the following addresses:
The Language Options, Site Map, Feedback and Search features are to be found in the top right-hand corner of each page.
The user can navigate to the Swedish, French, Dutch and English interfaces by selecting from the Language Options. An indication is given with individual communiqués and documents of whether they are available in other languages.
The Site Map operates as a search function, and clicking on the plus sign in front of the word brings up the navigation feature below and the site contents.
The Feedback Form can be used to communicate with the representation, which processes the feedback that it receives as quickly as possible.
The Search function operates by way of a free search. A search can be refined using an asterisk to split a word and by using AND or OR to combine words.
The rights to the text, pictures and files are held by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs unless otherwise stated. For example, the rights to the pictures may be held by other parties than the Ministry, but the Ministry has concluded an agreement to use them.
Direct links to the texts may be made and the text may be quoted on the condition that the source is mentioned. Use of the material for other purposes must be agreed separately with the Ministry.
Links to individual pictures are strictly forbidden.
The Embassy of Finland in Brussels is responsible for the content of the online service and strives to keep the content as up-to-date as possible.
The representation assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information on sites maintained by other parties that are accessed via the links.
The Embassy of Finland in Brussels maintains the service in collaboration with the Department of Communications and Culture at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.