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Expand your business 

In Finland, we welcome international businesses with open arms. Not only can you enjoy a high return on investment, but you can also access the same benefits as Finnish companies. Plus, opening a legal entity only takes a matter of weeks.

Set up in four simple steps

Get to know Finland
STEP 1

Get to know Finland

Finland is a diverse country, and no two cities are the same. Explore what our cities have to offer for your business and personal needs.

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File a start of business notification
STEP 2

File a start of business notification

Use the Y form to file a notification to the Trade Register and various Tax Administration registers.

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Open a corporate bank account
STEP 3

Open a corporate bank account

Businesses operating in Finland require a bank account to process payment transactions, and support accounting.

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Take advantage of online tools
STEP 4

Take advantage of online tools

You can create a workspace at My Enterprise Finland and even establish a limited liability company through the Business Information System.

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Types of business

Most international businesses set up in Finland as private or public limited liability companies, or through a Finnish branch office. You can also establish a branch in Finland or conduct business through general or limited partnerships and co-operatives.

Types of business

Most international businesses set up in Finland as private or public limited liability companies, or through a Finnish branch office. You can also establish a branch in Finland or conduct business through general or limited partnerships and co-operatives.

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Business licences

Finland has freedom of trade, but certain industries require a business license to protect the community, environment, and consumer safety. Licenses are granted by local authorities for a fixed period

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Business licences

Finland has freedom of trade, but certain industries require a business license to protect the community, environment, and consumer safety. Licenses are granted by local authorities for a fixed period

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Work permits

EU/EEA citizens intending to stay in Finland for longer than three months will need to register right of residence. Non-EU/EEA residents require a residence permit and must register at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency to acquire a Finnish identity number.

Work permits

EU/EEA citizens intending to stay in Finland for longer than three months will need to register right of residence. Non-EU/EEA residents require a residence permit and must register at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency to acquire a Finnish identity number.

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Taxation

Business taxation varies by company type, with the amount of tax calculated based on a company’s profit and net assets. Finland’s 20% corporation tax is one of the lowest in the EU and there are tax deductions for specific activities too.

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Taxation

Business taxation varies by company type, with the amount of tax calculated based on a company’s profit and net assets. Finland’s 20% corporation tax is one of the lowest in the EU and there are tax deductions for specific activities too.

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Bank accounts

To open a corporate bank account, you will need to present an extract from the trade register, as well as your personal ID. Once you have opened the account, you can finish the company registration process with Finnish Patent and Registration Office.

Bank accounts

To open a corporate bank account, you will need to present an extract from the trade register, as well as your personal ID. Once you have opened the account, you can finish the company registration process with Finnish Patent and Registration Office.

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