On a cold and rainy November evening, a group of enthusiastic IT and security experts gathered at the Embassy of Finland in The Hague, Netherlands. A rapidly growing Finnish IT company called M-Files with 450 employees worldwide and their Dutch partner, PCI Nederland with over 300 employees in The Netherlands, had managed to raise the interest (and a full house) of busy professionals by inviting them for an evening on the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
The opening words were given by the Ambassador of Finland to the Netherlands, Ms. Katri Viinikka, who discussed Finnish-Dutch relations and co-operation, not to forget some ideas on data protection. Presentations on the company itself, as well as solutions for complying with the upcoming GDPR were on the agenda, followed by networking opportunities for company representatives and guests.
Renting out high-quality premises at central locations is one of the ways in which Finnish embassies abroad can help growing and internationalizing Finnish companies. M-Files has taken full advantage of this option by organizing events at different Finnish embassies in Europe (Vienna, Prague, London) and Northern America (Washington) with more events planned. "Organizing an event together with a Finnish embassy provides us with a unique opportunity to highlight the company's Finnish roots. Finland is consistently among the top countries in innovation and competitiveness and this should be used to Finnish companies' advantage. Furthermore, each Finnish embassy offers a high quality event location with excellent support from the local embassy personnel", says M-Files Benelux Regional Manager, Saida Farhat.
The Embassy's new premises in The Hague were inaugurated in May 2017. They are equipped with comfortable meeting rooms and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. The seminar room can accommodate up to 40 people, whereas the small meeting room is planned for smaller meetings of up to 5 people. The Embassy is located at a 5-minute walk from the Hague Central Railway Station, and a Q-Park parking garage is located right next to the Embassy. Please contact the Finnish Embassy in The Hague for ideas and quotations for your own event. Helping you and your company to stand out from the crowd is part of our work.