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Ambassador Anne Lammila arrived to South Africa

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
20.11.2020 14.57 | Published in English on 20.11.2020 at 15.02
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We welcome our new Ambassador Ms. Anne Lammila in South Africa. She started her work in Pretoria and today 19 November 2020 presented her credentials to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ambassador Anne Lammila

Ambassador Lammila looks forward her time in South Africa. For her, working in this fascinating and multifaceted country is a dream come true. Finland views South Africa as one of the most promising partners in the African continent and is preparing at the moment its strategy on Africa. This strategy is based on partnership with the countries of the continent and its focus will be in reinforcing our political and commercial ties with them, including South Africa.

Ambassador Lammila comes from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, where she worked as the Consul-General of Finland. Saint Petersburg Consulate General is the biggest bilateral representation that Finland has in the world. Previous ambassadorial posts in Ms. Lammila’s career include Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and Gender Equality (2015-2017) and Ambassador to Mexico accredited to Cuba, Haiti and Central America (2011-2015). Previously, she was the Deputy Head of Mission of the Finnish Embassy in Washington (2007-2011) and held various directorship positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, including in the Americas and Asia department. She was also the Deputy Permanent Delegate in Finland's Permanent Mission to UNESCO, in Paris (1995-2000). Earlier in her career, Ms. Lammila served in the Finnish Embassies in Madrid and Brasilia.

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. Aside from Finnish, Ms. Lammila speaks Swedish, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. She is married to Mr. Markku Saksa, journalist and writer, and the couple has three adult children.  

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