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A Warm Welcome! Finland Appoints New Ambassador to Thailand

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Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos has been appointed as the Head of Finland’s Embassy in Bangkok, effective September 1, 2024, by the President of the Republic. She brings a wealth of experience, currently serving as Finland’s Ambassador to Bulgaria since 2020 and previously as Deputy Director General for the Africa and Middle East Department from 2016 to 2020 at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Throughout her career, Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos has held significant roles including Unit Chief in the Development Policy Department and as a seconded expert at the European Commission in Brussels. Her diplomatic assignments have spanned across Finland’s embassies in Athens and the Philippines.

Joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1999, Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä.

Jyri Järviaho, the current Ambassador of Finland to Bangkok, will assume the position of Head of Finland’s Embassy in Seoul starting September 1, 2024. He warmly congratulates his successor on her appointment to this esteemed post.

Congratulations to Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos on her new role in Bangkok, and best wishes to Jyri Järviaho in his upcoming assignment in Seoul!

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