Team Finland organisations

The External Economic Relations Unit at the Prime Minister’s Office serves as a secretariat for the Team Finland Steering Group. The unit prepares matters concerning the steering of the network to be outlined by the Steering Group.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for industrial and innovation policy and, as part of this, promoting the internationalisation of companies and the acquisition of foreign investments. Finpro, Tekes, Finnvera, Finnish Industry Investment, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, the ELY Centres and the Finnish-Russian and the Finnish-Swedish Chambers of Commerce are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs influences companies’ operating environment and market access abroad, attracts investments to Finland and coordinates country brand work. The Ministry guides and supports the diplomatic missions and the rest of the Team Finland network abroad. Finnfund and Finnpartnership are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the development of export in the education and culture sectors. Education-sector exports are promoted both by high-level delegations from Finland and by visits made to Finland. The Ministry of Education and Culture provides financial assistance for the preparation of projects to export culture. Culture and science institutes are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Business Finland was created on 1st January 2018 by the merger of two organizations: Finpro, which offered services for internationalization, investments and tourism promotion, and Tekes, which offered funding for innovation activities. 

Finnvera provides financing for the start-up, growth and internationalisation of companies and for protection against export risks. Finnvera strengthens the operating conditions and competitiveness of Finnish enterprises by offering loans, guarantees, venture capital investments and export credit guarantees.

Finnish Industry Investment Ltd is a government-owned investment company that offers growth companies venture capital, expertise and networks. Finnish Industry Investment invests in the growth and internationalisation of companies together with our domestic and foreign investor partners. 

Finnfund provides long-term financing for private-sector projects in developing countries and in Russia. It invests primarily in projects of Finnish companies and their cooperation partners, but may also provide funding for projects based on Finnish expertise that are environmentally friendly or develop the host countries.

Finnpartnership offers financial support in the planning, development and training phases of projects aimed at long-term business on developing markets. Through Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service, companies in Finland and developing countries can find new business opportunities.

The Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC) helps companies to go international in Russia. Its services include, among others, trade missions, field of business projects, market surveys, contact searches, training in Russian trade, expert services (legal, financial administration, business), event organisation and the Russian trade guides.

The Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (FSCC) promotes trade and economic relations between Finland and Sweden Activities focus on helping and coaching SMEs for the Swedish market. The Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce provides services in Finnish and is based in Stockholm.

The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) help Finnish SMEs to internationalise and grow. The ELY Centres offer evaluation services for new products and production ideas, expert services as well as grant funding for the growth, development and internationalisation of companies and their exports.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) registers businesses, foundations and associations, and examines and grants patents, utility models, trademarks and design rights. We support internationalisation and international operations of companies by offering information, tools, networks and advice to help them apply for intellectual property protection abroad, such as patents, trademarks and design rights.

VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd develops new smart technologies, solutions and innovative services. Through its extensive international research and innovation networks, VTT can provide Finnish companies with the latest research knowledge and access to EU research projects.

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes (FCAI) is a network of Finnish cultural and academic institutes and the foundations and funds maintaining them that was formed in 2005. The institute network consists of 16 cultural and academic institutes located abroad as well as the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Espoo, Finland.