The African Society’s founding meeting took place and was led by Ragnar Feiring’s initiative. There were 130 people in attendance.
Formerly knows as the African Society in Finland, it was established in 1964 and registered in 1967. Its purpose was to promote the knowledge of Africa countries to supply information and to encourage support development, assistance in research on Africa in Finland.
On 15th April 1964, the Finnish-African Society’s founding meeting took place and was led by Ragnar Feiring’s initiative. There were 130 people in attendance. It was known as the African Society in Finland, but is now the Finnish-African Society ry.
‘Kaupallinen neuvos’ Paavo Aarnio was the chairperson for 25 years until he died in 1989. He was succeeded by ‘lehdistöneuvos’ Matti Isoviita followed by Juhani Heinänen in 1992. Membership between 1964 and 1992 ranged from 50 to 350 members.
Our History in Summary
The African Society in Finland was registered. The Society traveled to African museums and institutions in London
Paavo Valteri Aarnio served as the Chairman of the Society. He organized meetings that attracted notable speakers under his chairmanship, organized travel excursions to African museums and institutions in Europe and Africa.
The Society visited African museums and institutes in London, Saint Petersburg, East Africa, and Crete
Matti Isoviita was elected Chairman
Juhani Heinänen was elected Chairman.
Juha Kuronen was elected Chairman (2011)
Matti Kinnunen was elected as Chairman (2012)
The Finnish-African Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
2018: The Annual Business Networking Seminar, was rebranded and given a new direction. There were 75 participants in attendance.
2019: Sarah Laaru was elected Chairman. The Society hosted its second rebranded annual business seminar at Eurooppasali. There were 85 participants in attendance
The Society’s Chairperson Sarah Laaru gave a keynote address after Minister Skinnari
and Minister Pekka Haavisto at the online Finland Africa Strategy Consultation.
Due to COVID-19 we had pre-recorded seminar interviews
The Finnish-African Society welcomed a new Operational Team, Executive Board, and underwent a rebranding and relaunching of its Habari Publication under “The Oriole Journal.”
1967 - 1970
Nigeria: Biafra War
Republic of South Africa: Mandela
Uganda: Idi Amin
Ethiopia: Haile Selassie
Morocco: Western Sahara
Republic of South Africa: Free Elections - ANC