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Public Diplomacy Section

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) manages the U.S. Embassy’s media relations and a broad range of educational and cultural programs throughout Finland.

Press Relations

PDS engages with Finnish media to provide authoritative information on U.S. government policies.  The section organizes press events for U.S. officials on topics related to U.S.-Finnish relations, as well as global issues.  PDS also works with the State Department’s Foreign Press Centers in Washington, D.C. and New York, to help visiting journalists cover U.S. policies and to facilitate access to authoritative U.S. information sources.

Journalists may contact PDS with press queries at:

phone: +358-9-616-250
email: HelsinkiPress@state.gov

Cultural and Educational Relations

The Public Diplomacy Section also manages educational and cultural programs, often in collaboration with Finnish institutions.  The U.S. Embassy actively engages with the Fulbright Finland Foundation, who administers the Department of State’s Study of the U.S. Institutes programs, among other exchanges.  PDS also manages other exchanges and programs, such as the American Entrepreneurial Challenge, the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, and the U.S. speakers program.

Information about studying in the United States is available on the Department of State’s web site Education USA.  Individuals interested in studying in the United States are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation for information regarding U.S. universities, including entrance examinations and admission requirements, plus many links to related sites.

Please contact HelsinkiPDS@state.gov with questions regarding the U.S. Embassy’s cultural and educational programming.