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Doing business in Finland

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Finland.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Finland
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Finland company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Finland
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in Finland
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this country. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Finland either temporarily or permanently. Published in December 2018.

Doing Business in Finland
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at March 2018.

Finland: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in September 2018, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Finland.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Finland page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

European Commission: Corporate governance
Overview of current regulations and updates covering directors and board members, shareholders, employee share ownership, remuneration policies, transparency, and financial institutions. The page links to EU Directives, recommendations and proposals.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Finland Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings, arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland
A support network for promoting international business and trade.

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce
To promote and develop business and trade between Finland and Great Britain.

Finnish-British Trade Association
Organisation aiming to strengthen economic, commercial and cultural links between Finland and the UK.

Enterprise Europe Network
Network created by the European Commission of business support organisations helping SMEs to gain access to the EU market.

Embassies and consulates

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Finland
Analysis of the business environment in Finland, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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