The visit was organized by Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC) and supported by Finland’s ambassador to Russia Mikko Hautala. During a business forum around twenty finish companies presented their profiles, areas of interests and held meetings with potential local partners. Among them are Abloy, Biocone Oy, Duromek Ab, Econet group Oy, Flowrox, Industri-Textil Job, Isku Interior Oy, Jukolux, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, Logset, Metso, Narvi, Nestor Cables Oy, Oras, T-Architects, Tikkanen, UPM-Kymmene Oyj.
Around 60 companies from Finland have already established their presence in the Region. The most prominent are the airline Finnair offering regular flights from Yekaterinburg to Helsinki and the construction company YIT.
Mr Hautala says: ”The objectives of the visit are to establish and to strengthen the cooperation between Finnish and Ural companies. Cooperation between the Sverdlovsk Region and Finland is developing very well, the region has been always of great interest to our business. An essential advantage is the direct flight link between Yekaterinburg and Helsinki”.
According to the general director of the Finnish-Russian Chamber, Jaana Rekolainen, cooperation between Finland and Ural has many positive examples and continues to develop steadily: ”Ten years ago we decided to open our representative office in Ural, and it proved to be the right one. Today, more than sixty Finnish companies are operating in the Sverdlovsk Region in various markets and formats”.
In 2017 the bilateral trade turnover between the Sverdlovsk Region and Finland increased by 23% and reached $ 49.2 million.