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  • Imports from Finland A$785 million
  • Exports to Finland A$55 million
  • Capital Helsinki
  • Official Languages Finnish, Swedish
  • Area 338,000 sq km
  • Population 5.5 million

Last updated: 12 Nov 2014

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Doing business

Finland is a member of the European Union (EU) and is subject to EU trade regulatory requirements.

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Country Profile

Content supplied by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Finland’s economy has been more resilient than other European countries to the euro area’s economic and debt crises. It is one of only three euro zone countries to have maintained its triple-A credit rating. Finland experienced a real GDP contraction of one per cent in 2012 and 1.4 per cent in 2013.
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    Total two-way merchandise trade between Australia and Finland in 2013 was A$894 million. Australia's exports to Finland in 2013 totalled A$69 million comprising mainly coal and alcoholic beverages. Finland's exports to Australia in 2013 totalled A$825 million.
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    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.
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Multinational Enterprises should be aware of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business behaviour in a variety of areas, consistent with applicable domestic laws. These Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government. For more information, go to the AusNCP website.

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.

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