Ambassador Tarja Fernández presented her credentials to the President Sheikh Mohamud on 1 December in Mogadishu. In the beginning of the ceremony the President mentioned Finland's important work against tuberculosis in Somalia in the 1980s.
Finland recognized the independence of Somalia on 3 June 1960 and the countries established their diplomatic relations on 12 March 1971. Before the situation in Somalia slid into civil war, the Ambassador from the Finnish Embassy in Nairobi was accredited to Somalia for the last time in 1990. The diplomatic relations were re-established on 26 February 2013, and the Ambassador was again accredited from Nairobi.
Finland participates in the rebuilding of Somalia through development cooperation, crisis management and humanitarian aid. The main emphasis of the Finnish development cooperation in Somalia is on the health sector. Finland provides experts to the United Nations, to the military and crisis management operations organized by the European Union, and to NGOs. Finland provides humanitarian aid together with different UN-organizations, the Red Cross and Finnish NGOs.