Talouselämä business magazine has interviewed business leaders of global companies and other expats in Finland. They all have quite the same message: Finland offers unique opportunities for business and people.
One of the special features in Finland is security according to the interview of the Bayer Nordic CEO Miriam Holstein.
“Public security is becoming increasingly important, Holstein says. “For global businesses, Finland is a safe operating environment. The same goes for private life. Where else in the world can children move around on their own? Nowhere.”
Melanie Dower from Supercell has the same observation. “It’s easy to live here, everything works.”
The strengths of Finland creates an excellent environment for the R&D activities
All the expats see the potential and strengths that Finland has for R&D activities in addition to special industry-related strengths.
“I have to demonstrate that Finland has the best potential for development work, the best expertise in the field and the best talent.” Miriam Holstein says.
Siamäk Naghian the CEO of technology firm Genelec is determined to keep product development and manufacturing in Finland.
“We are not for sale,” he says. The firm also aims to keep product development and manufacturing under the same roof in Finland and to maintain its head office in Iisalmi.”, Naghian states.
Quality of life is a true competitive factor
The quality of life is something special we might take for granted in Finland, but this plays a major role when the best talents are choosing their new location.
“Ensuring that a partner or children are comfortable is an important competitive factor for companies. If a spouse is not satisfied, the employee won’t stay with us for long.” Melanie Dower states.
“Finland’s natural beauty is already well known, but it should do more to promote how well-organized everyday life is and how much of an advanced society it is in many ways. Services work, general education is of a high standard and English-language schools are available. Digital know-how is top class and it’s possible to get by in business without Finnish language skills.” Miriam Holstein points out.
Also, Siamäk Naghian feels that Finnish society is very unique.
“Finland should be copied,” Siamäk Naghian says. “There’s nothing like it anywhere else. I am a living example of this, a success story from Finnish society.”
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