Finland's Embassy in Israel is situated in north Tel Aviv, in the suburb of Ramat Aviv, which can be reached easily from any direction. The Embassy's neighbours include, among others, the University of Tel Aviv and some of the most affluent neighbourhoods of the city.
The architectural style of the Embassy building is modern with its blue and white colors reminding us of both Finland and Israel. Also the Norwegian and Croatian embassies and a luxurious mall are situated in the same building complex. The building is fairly new, it was finished in 1998. The Embassy of Finland was able to move immediately into its new quarters on the ninth floor, where the view reaches out over the busy downtown Tel Aviv skyline all the way to the sea.
The Ambassador's residence is situated in Hertzliya Pituach, approximately 15 kilometers from the centre of Tel Aviv and about 10 kilometers from the Embassy. Hertzeliya Pituach is a popular residential area both for foreign diplomats and also to many well known Israelis. The first floor of the residence is used mainly for entertaining guests, sometimes several times a week. The biggest event, naturally, is the Finnish Independence Day reception in December, when the residence is full with about 300-400 guests.
The residence was built in 1997 and the Finnish State purchased the property and building in 1999, after which the house was renovated according to its future use. The residence architecture is of typical late nineties style. However, partly white plastered walls and a balcony that surrounds almost the whole house remind us of the functional corners of Tel Aviv's famous Bauhaus-style. The property, which consists of aproximately 960 square meters, includes a small garden surrounded by palms and citrus trees.
Finnish art can be found on the walls of the residence. The first floor is decorated in a typical Scandinavian style with light colours and furniture. This interior with a touch of "Finnishness" has attracted a lot of praise among the locals. Big windows open to the garden from the main hall. The dining room, where official dinners are often held, is modern with its cherry coloured wooden furniture. On the wall for example Tero Laaksonen's graphic piece "Dinner" can be admired.