Mission Statement & Goals

The mission of this Honorary Consulate is- To always serve the interests of Finland throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming

The goals of the Honorary Consulate are likewise twofold: First, develop greater Economic/Commercial, Cultural,and Tourism between the Intermountain West and Finland; Second, foster closer relationships among the Finnish communities in this jurisdiction.

The Honorary Consulate reports to the Consulate General
in Los Angeles, headed by Consul General Manu
Virtamo, who in turn reports to the Embassy. The
current Ambassador of Finland to the United States
is His Excellency Pekka Lintu.

For information concerning the Consulate General in Los Angeles or the Embassy in Washington, D.C., you may contact them at http://www.finland.org/.

As Honorary Consul of Finland, Andy Bingham is a member of the Utah Consular Corps (UCC).
Founded in 2000, The UCC comprises career or Honorary Consuls, Consuls General, or Vice Consuls
appointed by the Heads of State of their respective Countries and duly accredited by
the United States Government. Presently, There are 25 members, representing Countries ranging from Scandinavia to the Americas, New Zealand to South Africa. You may access the UCC website and/or contact any UCC member at http://www.utahconsuls.org/

Honorary Consul
Andrew M. Bingham

Andrew M. Bingham is the Founder and Managing Principal of Astoria Capital Management, a Salt Lake City- Headquartered, Asset-Management firm with offices in Shenzhen (China), Tallinn (Estonia), and Newport Beach (California). Prior to founding Astoria Capital, Mr. Bingham was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch (NYSE; MER), Where he specialized in the development of private banking services for entrepreneurs and middle-market- growth companies. Andy Bingham is actively involved in several philanthropic and service organizations, Including the Boy Scouts of America and The Road Home Homeless Shelter. As a young man, Andy spent several years in Finland – Which is when he learned to speak Finnish – And has maintained close ties with the many friends and business acquaintances He has made in Finland. He is married to the former Pilvi Fristrom; Together they have four sons and reside in Utah.

Below you will find links for various Finnish groups or affiliations located in the four-state region as well as other sites
connected with Finland.

*You can either go on Mapquest for directions or use the following: Exit I-215 at 6200 South and either remain in or move to the furthest right (south) lane. Follow that lane as it turns from 6200 South onto 3000 East and proceed to the second stoplight at 6580 South/East Cottonwood Parkway. Turn right (west) and continue until you reach 2795 South Cottonwood Parkway on the north side of the street. The Honorary Consulate is located in Suite 600 in the office of Raymond James.