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The Finnish Reservists’ Association

The Finnish Reservists’ Association (FRA) is the national organization for 317 local associations representing approximately 48.000 members. The majority (90 %) of the membership is made up of military reservists of all ranks. In many of the local associations also other Finnish citizens, male as well as female, can participate.

The main purpose of FRA is to contribute to the strengthening of the national defense will and maintaining reservists military skills and fitness for service. FRA is a member of The National Defence Training Association of Finland which trains and educates citizens to be prepared for and to survive dangerous situations in everyday life and under exceptional conditions.

FRA co-operates with The Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation and The Association of National Defense Guilds. FRA was founded in 1955 and until 1995 it was called The Association of Finnish Reserve NCOs.

Members: 48.000
Member organizations: 317 local and provincial member organizations
Regional organization: 18 provincial districts
Founded: April 17th, 1955 in Helsinki
Organ: Reserviläinen (“The Reservist”) Also subscribed to by the Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation, the paper’s circulation is 64.000.
President: Kari Salminen, Valkeakoski
Vice presidents: Lotta Nissi, Tampere (1st), Pasi Parkkila, Raahe (2nd) and Mats Fagerström, Tuusula (3th)
International relations: Executive Director Minna Nenonen
Central Office:
Döbelninkatu 2, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
e-mail: toimisto(at)

Executive Director Minna Nenonen,, +358 40 072 1412