The relationship between Finland and Tanzania is exceptionally close and warm. Finland and Tanzania have extended the partnership to important processes on global governance (Helsinki Process, ILO Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation)
Tanzania is Finland's longest standing partner in development cooperation. Today Tanzania is one of Finland's eight long-term development partner countries and amongst the main receivers of aid. The development cooperation between Finland and Tanzania started officially in 1962, when Finland joined the Nordic Tanganyika Project.
The government-to-government Finnish aid priorities in Tanzania are 1) forestry and environment, agriculture, and bio-energy, 2) regional and local development, 3) budget support, 4) infrastructure focusing on energy, and 5) innovation and technology (ICT) and a regional focus on Mtwara and Lindi and Zanzibar.
Finnish bilateral development aid to Tanzania totalled at 35 million euros in the year 2011.
Finland currently exports to Tanzania machinery and transport equipment and fertilizers. The amount of exports to Tanzania in 2011 was 21 million euros. The amount of imports from Tanzania in 2011 was 8 million euros. Exports to Finland consist mainly of coffee and tea.
Finland and Tanzania signed the Cultural Cooperation Agreement on 12.12.1988. In the past years there has been more cultural cooperation between the countries by individual persons, non-governmental organisations and institutions. The Cultural Cooperation is funded by individuals or institutions, also support of the Government of Finland has been given by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. Embassy has supported the Finnish-Tanzanian cultural projects and the Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania Culture Trust Fund (Mfuko), Sibelius Academy and Bagamoyo Art School from the Local Cooperation Fund.
Agreement on general terms and procedures for development co-operationTanzania, 24th February 2005 (PDF,11pages, 4.99Mb)