Women have historically played a major role in business life.

Finland was the first European country to give the vote to women in 1906 and the small size of the population has added impetus to encouraging women into the workforce.

Many women can be found in the most senior positions in large Finnish companies and this number seems to be increasing year on year. The burdens to family life are relieved through the provision of excellent state-funded nursery provision.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Finland

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Finland. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Finland and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips