Embassy of Finland
The Embassy of Finland is delighted and honored to be hosting a reception on behalf of the National Women’s History Museum on March 1 at the Embassy, and be part of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration. We are proud of our nation’s history as one of the forerunners in improving gender equality and enhancing women’s rights.
Finland was the first country in the world to have women elected into the Parliament. In 1906 Finland gave women full political rights. Women were given the right to vote and also the right to stand as a candidate in elections.
Finland was preceded in this matter only by New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand gave women the right to vote as early as 1893, and in Australia women have been able to vote and stand in elections since 1902. Still Finnish women were the first to act on these new appointed rights and total of nineteen women took seats in Parliament in 1907.
Less than a hundred years later, in the early Millennium,
the Finns elected the country’s first female president and the first female prime minister.
Ambassador of Finland to the United States, Ritva Koukku-Ronde,
is the first woman to hold the position of an ambassador here in the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.
The Embassy of Finland is a green building and takes lead in environmental issues as well. The Embassy was the first embassy in the United States to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate for green buildings. The Embassy follows rigorous policies to ensure sustainable practices.
The Embassy building in itself is often described as the architectural landmark of the Embassy Row. Among the many embassies the Embassy of Finland is certainly a standout. The building’s modern glass and stone exterior blends harmoniously with the trees and vines of the neighboring Normanstone Park. The Embassy is located across from the Vice President’s residence on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C.
Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008
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