Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland annouced on its website that Antti Vänskä has been appointed to serve as a new Ambassador of Finland to Singapore.
The new Ambassador already started his work in Singapore since June 1, 2019. Before taking his role in Singapore, Vänskä had been working in the Diplomatic Service for more than 10 years. He has previously worked in Berlin and St Petersburg. He joined the Ministry in 1996 before serving four years as Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Finland in Washington DC since 2015.
The former Ambassador Paula Parviainen was transferred to serve as a Foreign Ministry’s Director General of Communications at the Ministry for Foreign Affair effective from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.
Paula Parviainen has served as Ambassador at the Embassy of Finland in Singapore since 2015 and as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Beijing. She has previously held several positions in the Diplomatic Service including the Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland in Paris, the Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York. She also served as Press Attaché to the Minister for Foreign Trade after joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1995.
Paula Parviainen said, “The position offers an excellent vantage point for me after eight years in Asia, and the timing is perfect now that Finland has got a new Government and the Presidency of the Council of the EU is starting on 1 July.”