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Startup a business in Finland

Ready to turn your idea into a commercial opportunity? Get a head start in one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the world. As well as government funding and services, you’ll have a wide range of accelerators, incubators, and VC funds at your fingertips.

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 startup businesses set up in Finland as private or public limited liability companies, or through a Finnish branch office.

Types of Business

Most international startup businesses set up in Finland as private or public limited liability companies, or through a Finnish branch office.

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Startup permit

Innovative startup founders from outside the EU/EEA can apply for a startup permit, which is initially issued for a maximum of two years. Before applying, Business Finland evaluates whether your business model, team, and resources show potential for rapid growth.

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Startup permit

Innovative startup founders from outside the EU/EEA can apply for a startup permit, which is initially issued for a maximum of two years. Before applying, Business Finland evaluates whether your business model, team, and resources show potential for rapid growth.

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Business licenses

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.

Business licenses

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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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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Funding

We provide funding for a wide variety of startups in Finland. This ranges from innovation vouchers and R&D funding for new services to talent explorer financial support.

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Funding

We provide funding for a wide variety of startups in Finland. This ranges from innovation vouchers and R&D funding for new services to talent explorer financial support.

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Programs and networks

Our programs focus on a specific theme or sector and offer startups related contacts and company information. Fields range from digitalization to health and wellbeing.

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Programs and networks

Our programs focus on a specific theme or sector and offer startups related contacts and company information. Fields range from digitalization to health and wellbeing.

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