Press release 2/2013
10 January 2013
In 2012, Finland’s missions abroad processed a total of 1,376,425 visa applications, which is an all-time record high. The increase in the amount of visas granted was up by 10 per cent on the year before. In the past five years, the number of visa applications submitted to Finnish missions has more than doubled: in 2007 the number of applications processed totalled 644,800.
Almost 95 per cent of all visa applications were processed by Finland’s four diplomatic missions in Russia. As in previous years, the single biggest recipient of visa applications was the Finnish Consulate General in St. Petersburg, which for the first time processed more than a million applications (1,030,948), up 10 per cent from the figure of 936,620 applications in 2011. The Consulate General in St. Petersburg is also the office with the highest number of Schengen country visas processed in Russia.
Visa application figures were also sharply up in the Consulate General’s branch offices in Petrozavodsk and Murmansk, which processed 84,884 and 63,488 applications, respectively (up from 73,833 and 46,364 the year before). In the Murmansk office, the number of applications increased by as much as 37 per cent on the year before. The Moscow Embassy processed a total of 145,360 applications in 2012, eight per cent more than in 2011 (134,631).
Other Finnish missions that received more than 5,000 visa applications in 2012 were the embassies in Kiev (14,752), the Consulate General in Shanghai (7,500) and the embassies in Bangkok (7,454), Beijing (7,128) and New Delhi (6,112).
The number of visa applications rejected by Finnish missions in 2012 totalled 14,196, around one per cent of the total number of applications received.
Additional information: First Secretary Kim Kuivalainen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Consular Services, Unit for Passports and Visas, tel. +358 9 1605 5219, +358 50 596 6794