Startup Kit

Your checklist when moving to Finland as a startup entrepreneur

A kickstart for your new business in Finland

Do you have a brilliant idea? Would you like to develop your startup 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 to get you started with your business, from getting your permits to 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 2019 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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