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Finnish Business Council Beijing (FBCB) promotes collaboration and co-operation among Finnish companies regarding trade and industry issues within the People’s Republic of China. Joining FBCB is a great way for Finnish enterprises to get to know other Finnish businesses active in capital city Beijing and China in general. Read more.

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Greetings from the Ambassador and the Chairman of the FBCB Board

Jarno Syrjälä

Dear Members of the Finnish Business Council Beijing,

It is great pleasure for me to greet the members of the Finnish Business Council in Beijing and the other visitors of this website!

Finnish Business Council in Beijing is one of the closest partners of our Embassy when it comes to promoting Finland and Finnish business interests in China. Together with the other members of the Team Finland China network, we are doing our utmost to ensure that Finnish companies are given the best possible circumstances for making the most of the opportunities in the Chinese markets.

So far, 2019 has been a successful year for us. Trade and investment exchanges continue to excel in both directions and remain at the forefront of our enduring bilateral ties. This year also marks the China-Finland Year of Winter Sports. Finnish winter sports industry and Finnish businesses have enjoyed a positive momentum in China resulting from frequent visits and successful exchanges between our two countries. However, it is not only about winter sports. Our work continues at an increased pace in other sectors as well.

 

Now we have entered the second half of 2019. As you surely have noticed, some significant changes have taken place in Finland recently. Our new government was formally appointed by President Sauli Niinistö on June 1. The cabinet of Prime Minister Antti Rinne is one of the most gender equal in Europe, with 58 per cent of the ministers being women.

On July 1, Finland took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time since our EU accession in 1995. Finland holds the rotating Presidency until the end of this year. The Presidency is an opportunity to highlight Finland’s special features and expertise globally. One of our priorities is to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action. Thus, sustainable growth and the opportunities offered by the bio-based circular economy will naturally play a big role.

China will host important events this year. In October, we have World Winter Sports Expo in Beijing and in November the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Finland will have a strong participation and visibility in both. These will be highlight events for Team Finland work as well.

Jarno SyrjäläAmbassador of Finland in China
Juha Tuominen

Dear FBCB members,

China remains an important trading partner for Finland. When considering the sizes of economies among European Union countries, Finnish economy is most relying on China within the EU. While traditionally it has been industries such as paper&pulp and machinery that have set the backbone of Finnish business in China, nowadays the spectrum includes all major Finnish strongholds such as Cleantech, Energy, Information Technology and Gaming. Whether it is a global corporation, an SME or a startup company, China as World’s most populous market is relevant for all. China market is constantly evolving and for example during the last few years the emerging service industry has brought even more opportunities for Finnish companies.

Finnish Business Council Beijing is an association by Finnish companies for Finnish companies in the Greater Beijing Area. Our aim is to provide a platform for experience and knowledge sharing as well as networking for Finnish companies to overcome the hurdles of China market. We organize dozens of topical events and get-togethers every year in Beijing.

Traditionally regional focuses for the about 400 Finnish companies operating in China have been on the eastern parts with Beijing and Shanghai as the major Finnish business hubs. During last few years, however, cities such as Shenzhen, Chengdu and Chongqing have risen interest among Finnish companies. With large geographical area together with market size in general, the key for success for a small country like Finland lies in collaboration. FBCB together with Councils in Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as FinnCham in Hong Kong represent some two thirds of Finnish companies in China. By working together with Embassy, Consulates and Business Finland as Team Finland we aim to create new opportunities for Finnish companies in China as well as support the companies already operating in the market.

Whether you are considering Chinese market, just starting your business in China or have already operated here for years, do not hesitate to contact us!

On the behalf of Finnish Business Council Beijing,

Juha TuominenChairman of the Board

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