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Finland
  • Imports from Finland A$825 million
  • Exports to Finland A$69 million
  • Capital Helsinki
  • Official Languages Finnish, Swedish
  • Area 338,000 sq km
  • Population 5.5 million

Last updated: 21 Mar 2012

Market profile

Doing business

Generally speaking the Finns, like other people of the Nordic countries, have a lot in common with Australians. They are straightforward, easy to get along with and are fond of nature and sports. Visitors from Australia will find themselves more at home in Finland than in many other countries.

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Country Profile

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  • ECONOMIC CLIMATE
    Although Finland’s economy has been more resilient than those of many other European countries to the euro area’s economic and debt crises, it experienced a real GDP contraction of 0.2 per cent in 2012.
    » read more at DFAT
  • TRADE RELATIONS
    Total two-way merchandise trade between Australia and Finland in 2011-12 was A$1.24 billion (our 37th largest merchandise trade partner).
    » read more at DFAT
  • POLITICAL CLIMATE
    The Republic of Finland is a parliamentary democracy with a republican constitution. The unicameral parliament (Eduskunta) has 200 members directly elected from 15 multi-member constituencies every four years.
    » read more at DFAT

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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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Bilateral agreements

Australia has social security agreements with several countries that address the issue of 'double super coverage' for employees sent to work overseas. To take advantage of these agreements, Australian employers sending employees overseas to work must apply to the Tax Office for a Certificate of coverage.

For more details, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

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