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Guide to Starting a Business in Finland

Staff Reporter | 3:21 PM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Finland. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Deposit the paid-in share capital in a bank; pay the registration fee and get a receipt1 dayno charge
2Submit a single start-up notification form to the NBPR (National Board of Patents and Registration) and the Tax Administration.13 daysEUR 350, includes the notification fee related to establishment of a limited liability company
* 3File at a private insurer for pension insurance, accident insurance, and medical insurance of employees1 day, simultaneously with procedure 2no charge
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.