Handbooks, Guides and Links

We have collected a number of handbooks, guides and links related to starting up, running and developing a business in Finland. Feel free to use those that suit you best.

Start here

The Enterprise Finland portal contains a huge amount of information on starting a business. It also has an online business planning tool, including financial calculators.
The Entrepreneur Guide 2018 is a must-read for anyone planning to start up operations.
Yritystulkki.fi is a site (in Finnish) with a lot of practical information for entrepreneurs, including a start-up checklist.
The Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) site has a wealth of information for new entrepreneurs.
Finnvera can help with financing and guarantees.

Starting up a business

The Finnish Business Information System (YTJ) is a shared service of the Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and the Tax Administration, where you can make joint reports to both authorities. The information you report is logged with the Trade Register, the Register of Foundations, and the Tax Administration’s VAT Register, Tax Prepayment Register and Employer Register.
The Patent and Registration Office (PRH) is the place where you have to register your new business.
The Tax Administration will help from the very start of setting up a business, and their site contains a lot of information.

Helpful links for companies that are already operating:

The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment can grant development aid and assist e.g. in internationalisation.
Business Finland (formerly the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, TEKES) offers financing services for internationalisation and innovation.
ProAgria has diverse development services for businesses.

More information about entrepreneurship:

“Light entrepreneurship” refers to business operations that are usually conducted via a billing service. This allows you to operate with or without your own business ID, while billing through an external service. The most common light business format is a trade name. Note that light entrepreneurship is not recognised by Finnish law, which means that these forms of entrepreneurs are considered to be entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they have an employment contract with the billing service or their own business ID. As such, light entrepreneurs have been subject to self-employed person’s pension insurance (YEL) demands since 1 May 2017. (Source: Wikipedia). For more information on light entrepreneurship, see the

Light Entrepreneurship Guide.