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A kickstart for your new business in Finland

Do you have a brilliant idea? Would you like to start a company in the world's happiest country? Great decision! You have come to the right place. This is where you will find everything you need to know - from getting your permits, registering your company and finding a place to live.

Welcome to Finland!

Why Finland?

  • An excellent test bed for innovative, ambitious startup teams and a great place to scale your business globally as Finland has one of the highest rates of investment per capita in Europe
  • A vibrant and friendly startup ecosystem with accelerators, angel investors, VCs and strong innovation support by the government
  • The capital Helsinki ranks number one in the world in local connectedness among founders, investors and experts
  • The happiest country in the world according to the 2021 Happiness Report
  • A great array of established networking events, such as Slush, to meet with investors and pitch ideas

Step 1

Familiarize yourself with permits and registration

  • Get information on the EU/EEA rights of residence and the residence permits required for the citizens outside of the EU/EEA region
  • How to get your personal identity code and a Finnish tax card 
  • How to register your place of residence

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Step 2

Decide on where you want to live 

  • Discover what Finland's cities have to offer and find suitable accommodation for your needs
  • Get your personal basics, such as personal bank account, electricity contract, telephone and internet connection, sorted
  • Learn how to get around in Finland
  • Get familiar with the community and social networks

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Step 3

Establish your company

  • Start with basics by registering your business and opening a corporate bank account, getting insurance and utilizing accounting services

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Step 4

Develop your business

  • Find a workspace for your business
  • Apply to accelerator and incubator programs
  • Get funding
  • Build professional network

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