Chairman Juha-Matti Lampola receives Knights First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland decoration

Juha-Matti Lampola is the Chairman of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari presented the decoration in a ceremony at the Ambassador’s residence on June 7th, 2022. Over the course of his decades-long international career in banking, Juha-Matti has made significant contributions to the development of Finnish businesses. Juha-Matti founded J-M Capital Ltd. in 2000, through which he has given advice to numerous Finnish businesses on internationalisation as well as facilitated the interests of foreign companies in Finland. At the FBCC, Juha-Matti has been a driving force for nearly a decade and significantly contributed to the Chamber’s growth.

The decorations of the Order of the Lion of Finland are conferred upon citizens and foreign nationals who have distinguished themselves in the service of Finland.

Many congratulations to Juha-Matti!

First ever Finnish sauna at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21-26.09.2021

The first ever Finnish sauna for RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be presented at Taina Suonio’s design, ‘The Finnish Soul Garden’. The design showcases a variety of Finnish coastal plants and a genuine Finnish wood-heated sauna. The sauna has a vegetated roof with plants chosen specifically on the University of Helsinki’s Fifth Dimension Research Group’s work on studying which native plants survive on vegetated roofs in the harsh Finnish climate conditions.

“The garden by Taina Suonio is a demonstration of the clean and quiet environment of Finland and offers a unique window to the Finnish soul”, says Ms Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland.

The designer, Taina Suonio is a horticulturist, environmental biologist, researcher, and landscape designer in the Fifth Dimension – Green Roofs in Urban Areas research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

We are thrilled to be working together with Taina Suonio and cannot wait to see her design live!  More information and tickets from RHS Chelsea Flower Show!


In collaboration with Taina Suonio:

● Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Finland ● Kekkilä ● UPM Plywood● Ratia Design House ● Loimaan Kivi ● OmaSauna City of Vantaa ● Taimisto Huutokoski● Visit Finland ● Embassy of Finland in London  ● Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

Source: Embassy of Finland, London

Finland aims to educate 1% of EU citizens in the basics of AI by 2021

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment reports that Finland will be providing European Citizens with free access to an online course in the basics of artificial intelligence during 2020-2021. The initiative was first made public on 10th December 2019 in Brussels.

The online course, The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. It was first launched in May 2018 and has already had more than 220 000 signups worldwide. Currently, the courses are available in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian, but the aim is to launch them in all the official EU languages.

This initiative is an attempt to respond to the future challenges of the transformation of work by the Finnish Presidency. Thus, their main aim is to encourage all Europeans to learn more about AI.

“Our investment has three goals: we want to equip EU citizens with digital skills for the future; we wish to increase practical understanding of what artificial intelligence is; and by doing so, we want to give a boost to the digital leadership of Europe,” said Minister of Employment Timo Harakka.

One of the greatest forces that drive economic development is artificial intelligence. Therefore, the role of AI and technology in the future of Europe and the world is growing drastically, and it is crucial to encourage people of all generations and backgrounds to learn more.

Read more of the initiative from EU2019.FI

Thank you to former Ambassador of Finland in the UK, Päivi Luostarinen

The FBCC would like to extend our gratitude to Päivi Luostarinen, the former Ambassador of Finland in the UK for her time here and collaboration with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce. She began her post on the 1st of September 2015 and much has happened since. She tells about her experience in Helsingin Sanomat, one of the largest newspapers in Finland. You can read the article in Finnish here.

In the article she reflects on her time in the UK and how Brexit changed the content of diplomacy. The article states that it was surprising how poorly British politicians were prepared for Brexit and how little has changed in the past three years. There is still no consensus on what is going to happen and now a new Prime Minister must be found. Brexit has brought up the oddities of British politics.

However, the Ambassador’s position includes much more than just analysing and trying to predict the political situation. It also includes public diplomacy, which means spreading the word about Finland and celebrating every time it is mentioned in the press. Finland has a good reputation in the UK, but it is not very well known. Brits are interested in things they can benefit from as well, such as education, healtch technology, the housing crisis and equality.

Even though the Brexit process is still unfinished, the former Ambassador urges Finnish people, companies and communities to maintain relationships with the UK. It is still worth working and studying in the UK and Brexit will not stop trade. “The UK will remain an important trade partner in Europe, because they have a lot to give”, she says.

Päivi Luostarinen will now return to Helsinki to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. Following her as the new Ambassador of Finland in the UK starting on the 1st of June 2019 is Mr Markku Keinänen. We look forward to more great years of collaboration with the Ambassador and the rest of Team Finland in the UK!

Team Finland UK’s second newsletter has been published

Team Finland UK’s newsletter 2/2018

Welcome to our second Team Finland newsletter, hope you enjoy it!

Alongside with the daily duties in promoting Finland and helping Finnish companies, Team Finland network has been busy organizing interesting events this autumn, including a seminar on artificial intelligence, corporate wellness event and a visit of Finnish Father Christmas. Team Finland network also warmly welcomes Emilie Gardberg, new Director of the Finnish Institute in London, and Ilkka Räisänen, new Alternate Board Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to London.

New Director of the Finnish Institute in London

Emilie Gardberg has started her four-year term as the director of the Finnish Institute in London. Gardberg has a wide experience in leadership at the cultural sector. She has previously worked as a director of Turku Music Festival and as an intendant of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and spend the autumn 2017 as a scholar in Washington DC, at Wilson Center, which is one of the world’s leading think tanks. She teaches arts management and leadership as a visiting lecturer at several universities.

Read more: Emilie Gardberg is the new director of the Finnish Institute in London

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development offers opportunities for Finnish companies

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. Today the EBRD supports transition, progress towards market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative. It has its headquarters in London but operates in more than 36 economies across Europe, Central Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to Mongolia. To understand the role of the EBRD and the opportunities it offers for Finnish companies and professionals, Team Finland interviewed Ilkka Räisänen, Alternate Board Director at the EBRD and former Ambassador of Finland in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic.

The bank can provide financing for projects in various fields, and its channels for procurement can provide lucrative contracts. According to Räisänen, EBRD involvement in the projects guarantees that its high standards are applied and one can be assured of uncompromised quality. In countries where the Bank operates, Finnish companies can make use of local expertise in the EBRD Resident Offices to find new project business opportunities. There is especially demand for Finnish products and know-how in projects that call for green solutions.

Read more: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development offers opportunities for Finnish companies

How can Finnish businesses prepare for Brexit?

The Embassy of Finland organised an event in November for Finnish businesses in the UK on how they can prepare for the UK’s departure from the European Union in co-operation with Business Finland and Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce.

Preparing for Brexit is a joint task that has to be performed by the authorities and also by the other stakeholders involved. It requires steps to be taken by EU institutions, national and regional authorities, businesses and citizens. Preparedness measures cannot prevent the changes resulting from the UK’s withdrawal, but they can be used to help mitigate the impact.

Please see the website of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for more information: Preparedness for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

High-level AI Seminar at the Ambassador’s residence in London

The Embassy of Finland in London organized a seminar on the future prospects and challenges of artificial intelligence on 30th October at the residence of Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen. The objective of the event was to shed light to Finnish and British expertise in AI and AI’s impacts on policy, research and business. It also aimed to enhance the co-operation between the two countries and different sectors in the field of AI.

The speakers for the event included experts such as Risto Siilasmaa, Chair of the Board of Directors for Nokia and Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chair of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and top researchers and business leaders. Among the topics discussed were co-operation between the public and the private sector, role of women in the field of AI, ownership of the data and where Finland and the UK are at the moment and aim to be in the future.

Read more: High-level AI Seminar at the Embassy of Finland in London

Team Finland Day for Finnish businesses in Helsinki

On August 30th, key representatives from Team Finland met with Finnish businesses at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki for Team Finland Day, an event organised once a year by the Team Finland network. The event provided an opportunity for Finnish companies to share experiences and meet Team Finland experts from Business Finland’s global network.

During the day, Team Finland held 30 clinics that provided information from various market areas and explained what kinds of internationalization services are available for Finnish businesses. The clinics provided a great opportunity for Finnish business to hear stories from companies that have successfully entered new international markets. The Finnish businesses also had an opportunity to book one-on-one speed dating sessions with Ambassadors and Business Finland representatives from the Global Network. 12 companies took part in these speed dating sessions.

The United Kingdom was represented by Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen and Perry Le Dain, Senior Advisor at Business Finland UK. The UK clinic provided overviews of Brexit and doing business in the UK. Two Finnish companies HappyOrNot and Mobidiag provided case studies on their UK market entries. The companies interested in the UK market were keen to hear about the routes to the market, what kind of strategic partnerships they should establish and how Business Finland can support their market entry process.

The organizers of the Team Finland Day were Business Finland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnvera, Tesi, Finnpartnership and the Finnish Chambers of Commerce.

For more information regarding Team Finland Day, please contact:

Perry Le Dain, Senior Advisor at Business Finland, perry.ledain(at), Tel. +44 (0)7867 781 237

Sustainable High Performance – Event at the Finnish Ambassador’s residence

Corporate wellness is an important topic both in the UK and in Finland. On 6th November, the Embassy of Finland and Business Finland, together with Hintsa Performance, organized an event at the Finnish Ambassador’s residence on how to maintain sustainable high performance. At the event, Mika Häkkinen, two-time Formula 1 World Champion, shared lessons learned during his career including the importance of balanced life and team work. ”Change takes time. In the end, it’s the marginal gains that make the big difference”, Häkkinen explained.

Leading individuals and organisations from both countries and from large variety of business sectors attended the event. Alongside with discussing the importance of wellbeing, the focus was on high tech innovations and performance improvement solutions from the fields of exercise, wellness, and related management solutions.

Team Finland network encourages everyone to think about one of the key learnings of the event: optimise, don’t maximise.

Finnish Father Christmas visiting the UK

The first week of December was filled with Christmas spirit when Father Christmas came all the way from Finnish Lapland to visit London and Brighton. In London he visited Monocle Christmas Market and brought joy and presents to two children’s hospitals. In Brighton, in collaboration with Brighton Fringe and Mayor of Brighton Dee Simson, Father Christmas and Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen visited a children’s hospital and met with school children on Brighton Pier.

Father Christmas’ visit to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton was also also captured by ITV Meridian:

Merry Christmas!

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

The FBCC is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognized throughout the Finnish, British and international business communities. The Chamber offers four different membership categories: Patron, Corporate, Professional and Young Professional.