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Local business incentives - Legal forms of companies - Registration and licensing procedures - Legal framework - Foreign exchange control - Regulations concerning equity investment - FDI inflows - Expertise of the political risk

Local business incentives

Foreign investors can benefit from financing aids such as long-term low-interest loans. The investment promotion agency provides many information on this matter.


Legal forms of companies

Form Number of partners/shareholders Minimum and/or maximum capital Liability Registration fee Release of financial documents
The Sole Proprietorship is single partner company. 1 partner. No minimum capital. Undefined 118 € No
Avoin yhtisö (ay) is a General Partnership. Minimum 2 partners. No minimum capital. General Partner is personally liable and without limitation for the company's debts and obligations . 177 € No
Kommandiitti yhtiö (ak) is a Limited Partnership. Minimum 2 partners. No minimum capital. At least 1 of the members is liable for the debts and obligations of the company. Liability of the other partners is limited to the amount contributed. 177 € No
Osake yhtiö (oy) is a Private Limited Company. Minimum 1 person 8,000€ Liability is limited to the amount contributed. 311 € No
Julkinenosake yhtiö (oyj) is a Public Limited Company Minimum 1 person 80,000 € Liability is limited to the amount contributed. 311 € Yes

Registration and licensing procedures
When drawing up status, a prior checking is required to confirm that the company's corporate name is available. The founders prepare the articles of incorporation which must be dated, signed and should contain a status proposition for the company.
As far as the registration is concerned, a request, made in 2 copies, in Finnish and Swedish, must be sent to the Trade Register, within the 6 months following the signature of the status. A bank certificate should be included, stipulating that the capital mentioned in the status, has been deposited in a bank account.
The company is issued its legal entity after registration.

Foreign exchange control
Free conversion of currencies and free repatriation of profits and capitals.

Regulations concerning equity investment
Foreign companies can acquire Finnish companies, except in limited cases.  

Foreign Direct Investment inflows in Finland

FDI inflows 2003 2004 2005 World rank (*)
FDI inflows (USD million) 3 319 3 537 4 561 88/141
Source : UNCTAD - World Investment Report
Note : (*) World Rank = UNCTAD Inward FDI Performance Index. It is a measure of the extend to which a host country receives inward FDI relative to its economic size. It is calculated as a ratio of the country's share in global FDI inflows to its share in global GDP.


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