The number of Finns living in Ireland has grown since Finland joined the EU in 1995. This number has increased as people have relocated for work or study in Ireland. The multi-national companies based in Ireland have attracted quite a lot of Finnish IT experts to Ireland. Approximately 1200 Finns live in Ireland – most of them in Dublin and Cork.
Irish Finnish Society (IFS) was founded in 1978 and is a cornerstone of the Finnish community in Ireland. IFS organises a wide range of social activities and is the coordinator of the Finnish School and Playgroup (Suomi-koulu ja -kerho) in Donnycarney, Dublin 5. The biggest event of the year is the Independence Day reception organised in December.
The Finnish Business Club (FBC), is a network of businessmen and professionals in Dublin, who either are Finnish or have an interest in Finland. The FBC organises various events and get-togethers with a special focus on business and the economy. The FBC works in close cooperation with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Dublin.
Three Finnish organisations cover Ireland from London. Support for Finnish businesses trading in or hoping to expand to the Irish market is provided by Finpro UK, the Finland Trade Centre. Finpro helps Finnish companies face the challenges of international markets. The Finnish Institute, on the other hand, actively promotes cultural and scientific links between Finland and Ireland. The sphere of activities of the Finnish Church in London, founded in 1882, also covers Ireland.