Finland and Namibia have long-standing relations that started already about 150 years ago, when Finnish missionaries arrived in Northern Namibia.
Namibia got its' independence 21 March 1990.
Finland recognised the independent Namibia on 21 March 1990, and diplomatic relations between Finland and Namibia were established on 22 March 1990.
Development cooperation has been focal in the relations between Finland and Namibia. During 1991-2003, the development financing amounted to 74 million euros (more info: Development cooperation).
Namibia is so called Transition Country. In 2002 the Finnish delegation met with the Namibian government to inform about the Decision-in Principle of the Finnish Government, that long-term Bilateral Grant Assistance to Namibia would be phased out during the next 3 to 7 years, and other instruments would be developed.
Finland and Namibia signed an agreement for promotion and protection of investments, which took effect in May 2005.
Finnish Ambassadors and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Windhoek: