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The seaside façade of Merikasarmi lit up in blue and white on Finland’s Independence Day

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Publication date 3.12.2021 13.14 | Published in English on 3.12.2021 at 13.20
Press release
Foto: Kimmo Räisänen

The Government will organise a festive illumination at Merikasarmi on Finland’s 104th Independence Day. The refurbished and modernised Merikasarmi premises were taken back into use in September.

The newly renovated historic premises now bring together all 800 Foreign Ministry employees in Helsinki under the same roof. The protected buildings were refurbished with due respect for their former look, while taking into account the requirements of the modern activity-based working environment of the government.

The seaside façade of Merikasarmi is lit up on national and international holidays and theme days. “We want to wish everyone a good Independence Day by illuminating our beautiful, historic building,” says Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen.

The oldest part of Merikasarmi was completed in 1820. Architect C. L. Engel designed it to serve as a barracks building for Russian soldiers. The newer parts, designed by architect E. Kråkström, were built in the 1980s. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs moved to the premises in the late 1980s. 

Merikasarmi is owned by the State of Finland, represented by Senate Properties. The Prime Minister’s Office rents and manages the buildings, but the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the main user of the premises.


Heikki Hovi, Director, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 295 160 090

Anna Pakkanen, Project Manager, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 717


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