The Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai represents Finland in Eastern China. Apart from the city of Shanghai the Consulate covers the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Zhejiang. The areas economic growth has been extremely fast in recent years. The areas around Shanghai (Yangtse River Delta) the volume of the economy is significant even globally. The area is seen as the engine for the Chinese economy.
The Consulate General of Finland is promoting Finnish interests in the area. The Consulate provides prestige and authority services to companies dealing with local authorities and cooperation partners. The Shanghai area has a greater concentration of Finnish companies and public actors than any other area in Asia. Other central players working in a close relationship with the Consulate General are Business Finland (former Finrpo and Tekes) and Finnish Business Council Shanghai. The Finland-China Innovation Center FinChi is based in Shanghai.
In cooperation with other actors the Consulate General increases knowledge about and respect for Finland. It promotes commercial, economic as well as scientific and cultural ties between Finland and China. Shanghai and in particular its neighbouring provinces offer Finnish companies the potential for expanding cooperation with the Chinese. In 2010 Shanghai hosted the world exhibition (Expo 2010), which at the same time was the greatest promotion event for Finland in many years, and in 2017 there were several Finland 100 themed events across the region.
The Consulate General of Finland works in cooperation with the local Finnish community (Shanghain suomalaiset ry.) and offers consular services for Finnish citizens and visa services for Chinese travellers.