Foreign Finn base
Rome [PETRI TUOMI-NIKULA]
At the Finnish ambassador’s residence in Rome, there are few telltale signs that you are on foreign soil. Nordic design is surprisingly absent save for a few Alvar Aalto armchairs in a downstairs hall. Liveried staff serve mid-morning prosecco in a foyer adorned with Italian antiques, a grand staircase and high, coffered ceilings. However, the real charm offensive is on the walls, according to Petri Tuomi-Nikula, head of his nation’s diplomatic mission to Italy since 2010.