FCO global network

We have 260 diplomatic posts in 145 countries – from large embassies to small consulates.

This global network is our biggest asset and tool for influence - we currently have:

  • 139 bilateral embassies and high commissions in capital cities
  • 101 consulates and other subordinate posts outside capitals
  • 10 permanent missions to multilateral organisations like the EU and UN.

Go to our full list of British embassies and diplomatic posts.

A flexible network for a changing world

Our network of embassies and posts must be flexible to meet changing demands of a globalised world.

For example, we’ve increased the numbers of staff we employ in India and China, and reduced staff in our European embassies where we can work directly with capitals from London and through Brussels.

A platform for UK Government

Our global network of embassies and posts provides a platform for the rest of UK Government to tackle some of the key issues affecting Britain today.

For example – our High Commission in Islamabad has staff from the Home OfficeMetropolitan Police, Department for Transport, Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development.

Our staffs’ skills and expertise in languages and diplomacy can be essential for other UK Government departments to work effectively with their foreign counterparts.

The UK’s Overseas Territories

We’re responsible for the security and governance of the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories:

We work in partnership with the territories to:

  • promote security and good governance
  • strengthen democracy
  • improve public services
  • protect the environment
  • assist in an emergency
  • improve law enforcement.

Read more about our environmental projects on the overseas territories.

Drugs & crime

We use our network of embassies and diplomatic posts to support other UK Government departments and organisations to fight the threat of international drugs and crime to the UK.

Science & Innovation

We use our global network of embassies to promote science and innovation in key developed and emerging economies. We work closely with the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills to achieve this.

Antarctica

Information about visiting Antarctica, treaties regarding the British Antarctic Territory, and the FCO's committment to preserving the natural environment.

Our work

Read about how we run our global network and the work we do

Far-flung conservation

Standing proud in Kinshasa

Lebanon blog

Zimbabwe blog

Sights and sounds of Sudan

FCO Arabic website

FCO Urdu website

 

The FCO in action map has all the latest case studies.

Departmental Report

Read about our Global Network in the latest departmental report

See Also

Find an embassy

Our embassies and other posts

Useful Links

Department for International Development

Home Office

Metropolitan Police

Ministry of Defence

FCO in Action map

FCO in action map

We’ve pinned up the latest examples of our work around the world.

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Departmental report 2008

Read about our achievements over the past year.

departmental report 2008
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