Finland - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Agreements

Describes trade agreements this country is a party to. Includes resources where U.S. companies can get information on how to take advantage of these agreements.

Last published date: 2022-07-25

Finland has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since its foundation in 1995. The WTO creates binding agreements that set a regulatory basis for international trade. Finland’s membership in the WTO enables them to make use of the multilateral trade system. Finland is a member of the Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAS) and Regional Trade Agreements (RTAS). 

Additionally, Finland is a member of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and the Informational Technology Agreement (ITA). 

For a list of trade agreements with the EU and its Member States, as well as concise explanations, please see EU Trade Agreements. 

Licensing Requirements for Professional Services 

There are commercial activities in Finland that are subject to a license. The serving of alcohol, debt collection, and private security companies are all subject to a license. Some commercial activities require registration in a register that is kept by the authorities. Business Finland is a Finnish Government agency that can offer guidance on operating a business in Finland. 

To check whether a business is subject to a license please refer to the portal on permits and obligations. The portal includes information on activities and professions that require a separate license, notification, or registration.