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New Zealand and Finland

Political and economic relations

New Zealand and Finland have similar attitudes to many international issues, including security, disarmament and the environment.

The geographical distance between the two countries, however, as well as the different histories, meant that until relatively recently political contact between the two countries was limited outside the United Nations and other international organisations such as the OECD.

In recent years there has been increasing attention, in both directions, in policy development and the impact of economic and social change. This has led to more frequent visits to each country by delegations and specialists. In 2007 the Finnish President made an official visit to New Zealand.

Finland's accession to the European Union in 1995 added a new dimension to the bilateral relationship, with Finland now a party to decisions affecting New Zealand's trade relations with the Union.

Trade Relationship

In the year to June 2010, New Zealand exports to Finland totalled NZ$23.3 million, with the primary products being lamb, venison and wine. Over that same period, New Zealand imported products worth NZ$139 million, with the main imports being telecommunications apparatus and chilled pork and and paper products.

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