The question of establishing diplomatic relations between Finland and Nepal was brought up for the first time in 1969, during the tenure of H.E. Mr. Wilhelm Schreck, who served as the Finnish Ambassador to India 1968–1974. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland was not too keen on the idea, as the Finnish Ambassador in New Delhi was already accredited to four other countries and another one might just be too many.
Five years later, in February 1974, Ambassador Schreck reminded the Ministry that Finland was the only Scandinavian country in New Delhi that was not also accredited to Kathmandu. In April, 1974, the then Nepalese Ambassador to India told Ambassador Schreck that Nepal would appreciate it, if Finland would take up the question of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Nepal's reply would be positive. He added that he was speaking for himself, not for the Government of Nepal, and requested that Mr. Schreck would forward this to Finland.
The Parliament of Finland passed the bill concerning the diplomatic relations in late June and practical matters were agreed upon in July of the same year, in New Delhi. The bill was introduced to the President of Finland on the 30th of August, 1974, and the exchange of notes took place on the 9th of September. The communiqué, stating that the diplomatic relations between the two countries would come to effect as of the 21st of September, 1974, was to be released on the 20th of the same month.
The first Ambassador of His Majesty's Government of Nepal to Finland, H.E. Mr. Kiran Shumshere J.B. Rana, was accredited in May, 1975, from the United Kingdom and the first Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to Nepal, H.E. Ms. Brita Örö, was accredited on the 21st of November, 1975, from India.
Development co-operation with Nepal had started already in 1982, but as it grew more significant, especially in the fields of forestry, energy and telecommunications and later on water and sanitation, it became necessary to have the Finnish Embassy, in situ in Kathmandu, to deal with the administration of these projects. The Embassy, headed by Chargé d'Affaires a.i. was established in September, 1992, with the Ambassador stationed in New Delhi.
After the civil war ended in Nepal in 2006, cooperation between Finland and Nepal and the Finnish development financing for Nepal have steadily increased. For further promoting the bilateral relations, the status of the Finnish Embassy in Kathmandu was upgraded as to a full-fledged Embassy headed by an Ambassador in 2011.
1989 King and Queen of Nepal in Finland
1991 Foreign Minister of Finland Pertti Paasio in Nepal
1993 Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala in Finland
1994 Minister for Development of Finland Toimi Kankaanniemi in Nepal
2001 Foreign Minister of Nepal Chakara Prasad Bastola in Finland
2001 Minister for Development of Finland Satu Hassi in Nepal
2001 Finance Minister of Nepal Ram Sharan Mahat in Finland
2007 Under-Secretary of State of Finland Marjatta Rasi in Nepal
2008 Finance Minister of Nepal Ram Sharan Mahat in Finland
2009 Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen in Nepal
2009 Prime Minister of Nepal Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' in Finland
2010 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Sujata Koirala in Finland
2011 Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala in Nepal
Kalevi Ahti, Chargé d'Affaires, 1992–1996
Esa Hurtig, Chargé d'Affaires, 1996–2000
Asko Luukkainen, Chargé d'Affaires, 2000–2004
Pauli Mustonen, Chargé d'Affaires, 2004–2006
Kari Karanko, Chargé d'Affaires, 2006–2007
Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä, Chargé d'Affaires, 2007–2011
Brita (Riitta) Orö, Ambassador (New Delhi) 1975–1979
Risto Hyvärinen, Ambassador (New Delhi) 1980–1984
Jan Groop, Ambassador (New Delhi) 1984–1988
Jyrki Aimonen, Ambassador(New Delhi) 1988–1991
Marjatta Rasi, Ambassador (New Delhi) 1991–1995
Benjamin Bassin, Ambassador (New Delhi) 1995–2001
Glen Lindholm, Ambassador (New Delhi) 2001–2005
Asko Numminen, Ambassador (New Delhi) 2005–2009
Terhi Hakala, Ambassador (New Delhi) 2009–2011
Asko Luukkainen, Ambassador (Kathmandu) 2011–2015
Jorma Suvanto, Ambassador (Kathmandu) 2015–2018
Pertti Anttinen, Ambassador (Kathmandu) 2018-
Kiran Shumshere J.B. Rana, Ambassador (London) 1975–1977
Jharendra N. Singha, Ambassador (London) 1980–1983
Ishwari Raj Pandey, Ambassador (London) 1984–1987
Bharat Kesher Simha, Ambassador (London) 1988–1992
Surya Prasad Shrestha, Ambassador (London) 1993–1996
Singha B. Basnyat, Ambassador (London) 1997–2003
Prabal S.J.B. Rana, Ambassador (London) 2003–2006
Vijay Kant Karna, Ambassador (Copenhagen) 2008–2012
Makti Nath Bhatta, Ambassador (Copenhagen) 2012–