With the fastest flight connections between Europe and Asia and high quality infrastructure also for virtual networks, Finland serves as an excellent gateway between East and West.
Advanced transport infrastructure and logistics are key strengths of Finland's domestic economy and its lively trade with the Nordic and Baltic countries, the EU, Russia and Asia. Business is served by an extensive network of roads and railways, and by a vast network of waterways, canals and sea lanes.
Finland enables also superior digital connectivity. The ultra-fast optic cable from Finland to Germany (Cinia's Sea Lion1) enables the world's fastest data connections to global networks. In addition, an Arctic Connect sea cable, which is being proposed for the Northeast Passage, will position Finland as the primary, strategic data gateway between the West and the East.
As the fastest route between Northern Europe and Asia, Helsinki Airport is an increasingly popular gateway also to the Far East.Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is recognized as one of the world's best international airports by IATA and ASQ surveys.
The government-owned Finavia Corporation maintains a network of 21 airports in Finland and the air navigation system covering the entire country. In 2017, the Finnish airports had 22.7 million passengers, of which 18.9 million came through Helsinki Airport.
As part of the eastern border of the EU, Finland is the ideal business gateway to Russia. Both countries use the same rail gauge, so rail cars do not require modification or reloading when they cross the border.
New rail freight route between Kouvola, Finland and Xi'an, Zhengzhou, China was opened in 2018. Trains on the new northern route take 10–12 days to complete a one-way journey, whereas a cargo ship takes an average of eight weeks. New route takes four days less than the current connection between Zhengzhou and Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to China's support for the route as part of the One Belt One Road Initiative, the cost of sending freight by rail is now only slightly higher than using a cargo ship. Many Finnish, Nordic and Central European companies are already using the new route.
Finland is easy to approach from the sea as well. Finland's fully automated, state-of-the-art ports are highly specialized and rank among the safest and fastest in the world. Car ferries and container ships serve the region with regular daily departures, and the biggest port (Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki) has been built in a key location for efficient transport connections covering a total market area of 80 million consumers.