The Team Finland network promotes Finland and its interests abroad: the internationalisation of Finnish enterprises, investments in Finland, and the country brand. The Team Finland operating model brings together the key actors and services in these fields. The core of the network consists of the publicly funded organisations operating in these fields, such as the ministries, Finland’s network of diplomatic missions, Finpro, Tekes, national culture and science institutes, Finnvera, Finnfund, and the regional internationalisation services, built upon the ELY Centres.
The Team Finland network will help your enterprise become more international, grow, and succeed in the global market. For more information on services to companies seeking internationalisation, see: services.team.finland.fi.
Pekka Laitinen, Head of Trade Section
Tel. +81 3 6859 6810
Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador
Embassy of Finland in Tokyo promotes bilateral relations between Finland and Japan and guards Finland’s political and economic interests in Japan. Part of Team Finland, Embassy is one of the key actors in carrying out Finland’s public diplomacy activities and making Finland better known in the world.
Finpro is a Finnish national trade, internationalization and investment development organization. It supports its clients' growth and success in Japanese market by enabling them to be in the right markets at the right time with a competitive concept and offering.
The Finnish Institute in Japan is a cultural and academic institute that promotes co-operation between Finland and Japan in research, higher education and culture. It provides information on courses and scholarships as well as contacts for academics, researchers and cultural actors who wish to study in Japan and for Japanese who are interested in co-operation with institutions in Finland.
Tekes promotes the competitiveness of Finnish industry and the service sector by technological means. It funds industrial projects as well as projects in research institutes, especially innovative, risk-intensive projects. Tekes assists companies in their search for ideas, the finalization of business plans and their quest to conduct meaningful and valuable research. It also finances R&D projects undertaken by foreign-owned companies registered in Finland, and supports cooperation between Finnish and foreign research organizations.
Established in 1999 and approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Japan, FCCJ promotes trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland. The main part of membership corps consists of Finnish companies established in Japan and Japanese companies having, or aiming at business operations in Finland.
Visit Finland is an integral part of Finpro, a registered association almost 100 per cent funded by the Finnish Government. Finpro helps Finnish SME companies that represent a multitude of lines of industry and business. The aim is to help companies attract foreign investments to Finland, become more international in their line of work and, more recently, promote Finland as an attractive tourist destination to a world-wide audience.
Visit Finland works closely with ministries, travel businesses, transport companies and Finnish regions. This cooperation involves research, product development and, above all, marketing of leisure tourism to Finland from abroad.
Honorary consulates monitor the rights of Finnish citizens in their sphere of operation and, for their part, promote the economic and cultural relations between Finland and Japan. Honorary Consulates thus play a part in the promotion of export and internationalization of Finnish companies. The Honorary Consulate General of Finland is located in Osaka. Other Honorary Consulates are in Kitakyushu, Nagano, Nagoya and Sapporo.
Opened in 2005, Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center comprises two units, a special nursing home for the elderly and an affiliated research and development unit. The former provides welfare services to the elderly according to a Finnish care concept, while the latter offers a platform in which new services and products in the field of health and welfare are developed jointly by both Finnish and local companies and universities.
In Japan, Finland is bigger than its geographical size suggests. Finland is well-known in Japan and its strengths in science, art and business are well acknowledged. Being Finnish is seen as additional value and top positions in competitive comparisons, education reports and indexes of well-being are recognized in Japan where excellence is highly valued.
The common goal of Team Finland in Japan is to facilitate trade and business, attract Japanese investment to Finland while reinforcing and utilizing academic, scientific and technological co-operation between the two nations. Focal points include energy-, environmental- and creative sectors. Team Finland promotes building connections between Finnish and Japanese research institutes and academies.
Team Finland works to further enhance the image of Finland especially among correspondents in fields of economy, science and culture. Team Finland’s mutual public diplomacy program has clear targets that are being supported by positive image of Finland that has developed during the past decades.
Information about Finland is being spread through several mediums, some of which are the popular website of the embassy, Facebook and Twitter as well as brochures and publications.
Team Finland in Japan offers expertise to a mature Asian market that is a pioneer in several ways - as a consumer market and generator of innovations.