Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Finland.
Read this page in combination with the general guidance for the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
The authoritative source for market regulations in Finland is the Finnish government. This guidance links to official Finnish sources wherever possible.
Trade and services regulations in Finland
If you are a UK business providing services in Finland, you must follow Finnish regulations about:
- getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
- complying with local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Finnish e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out about providing services in Finland
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Finland to help you comply with specific regulations. You can also contact your local chamber of commerce for advice.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Finland
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Finland.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
Ownership of legal firms in Finland
If you are a UK legal professional who has investments in law firms in Finland, contact the Finnish Bar Association for information on investment implications.
Business travel and entry requirements
As part of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK and the EU have agreed provisions to facilitate the movement of business travellers, including those who supply services.
See the latest information on all travel to Europe.
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Social security payments for employees
Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Finland.
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Finland, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Finland, these sources can help you:
- Finnish NARIC, the information centre for the academic and professional recognition of qualifications
- the Finnish single point of contact for service providers
- UK NARIC, the national information centre for professional qualifications
UK statutory auditors working in Finland
For UK statutory auditors, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office – Auditor Oversight Unit should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Finland
If you are a UK-qualified lawyer working in Finland, using either a Finnish or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Finnish Bar Association for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from Finland to the UK will continue after 1 January for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with organisations in Finland who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using personal data in your business or other organisation.