Attracting Business Opportunity to Finland by Becoming a Seat for International Arbitration

August 21st, 2019|News|

Amcham Finland thinks the new Finnish Government should adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration during its mandate period (2019–2023). This statement is based on our Legal Committee Arbitration Roundtable discussion held on May 24th, 2019 with representatives from law firms and companies, both Finnish and international, operating in the Finnish market.

Marski by Scandic Brings ‘Finnfulness’ to Modern Helsinki

August 12th, 2019|News|

The recently renovated Marski by Scandic brings the city inside through local aesthetics, feelings and foods, and it’s where we’ll be for Harvard Business Review at Amcham Finland with Ron Ashkenas on August 26th.

Latest Poll Predictions: No Clear Path Ahead

April 4th, 2019|News|

Policy Brief written by Juhana Harju Partner at Eurofacts Oy, Public Affairs, PR, and Communications Poll numbers released on Friday, March 29 came as a wakeup call for Finland’s political [...]

How can we improve the Finnish e-commerce experience?

March 13th, 2019|News|

Written by Petri Koskinen  Head of Payments in Finland, Collector Bank First, let’s start with the good news. Finns’ enthusiasm for shopping online is growing explosively. According to research by [...]

Thank you for 2018, the year of member engagement!

December 20th, 2018|News|

In 2018, Amcham members attended 39 events and briefings on 14 different trends and topics, with 1,090 attendees and 21 speakers flown in from abroad.

Amchampion of the Year: Elina Kivioja

September 17th, 2018|News|

As the Managing Director and CEO of Vattenfall Finland, Elina Kivioja uses extensive experience from various industries to make progressive decisions for Finland's environmental sustainability.

Rookie of the Year: 3DBear

September 5th, 2018|News|

Finnish EdTech growth company 3DBear is well on its way to pioneering the future of education through augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing for children.

Member of the Year: Air France KLM

September 3rd, 2018|News|

With over 8 million people flying a day, the airline industry is at the pinnacle of customer experience practice. It’s also at the heart of Air France KLM’s mission and what makes them stand apart from the competition.

The Wheeling and Dealing of New York Real Estate

August 28th, 2018|News|

We talked to two top brokers and celebrities in their fields, Elissa Slan and Christine Traina of Douglas Elliman, the over 100-year-old international agency with global reach to find out what’s current in NYC real estate. 

Spaces Matter: International School of Helsinki

August 23rd, 2018|News|

We recently visited the International School of Helsinki’s new Head of School, Kathleen Naglee, whose mission is to transform the school into a ‘compassionate space’ perfectly adapted for her students’ deep learning.

Law is a Team Sport

August 8th, 2018|News|

Dealy Silberstein & Braverman is a full-service law firm that provides high-level services in the areas of employment, litigation, general business, general business development, white collar investigations, securities and tax advice at very competitive prices with personal attention from lawyers. We met up with them in New York City.

Compliance Requirements of Market Abuse Regulation

July 23rd, 2018|Advocacy, News|

Keith Kessel, Anti Money Laundering and Sanctions Senior Expert and Business Analyst at member company Nordea, has written a blog to make the Amcham community aware of the important EU Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR"). 

Nordic Midsummer Getaway in the Middle of the Big Apple

June 28th, 2018|News|

So, here’s the question: when does summer start? It varies according to culture and climate. In the Nordic tradition, Midsummer is celebrated at the time of summer solstice, around the 24th of June (“From here on it will only get darker, winter is on its way.”).

Amchampion Awards 2018

May 21st, 2018|News|

Register For Event Here Amcham Finland’s annual Amchampion Awards, taking place on August 30 this year, is our way [...]

Improvement from Broadway to D.C. to Helsinki

May 15th, 2018|News|

    Scott Miller visited the Amcham Finland offices a while back to train the team in his communication skills technique, which is based on breathing. He's honed it through [...]

Startups and Corporations: A Tricky Combination

May 4th, 2018|News|

  We recently had Rishi Chowdhury, Co-Founder of Momentum London and IncuBus Ventures, visiting Amcham Finland to present and take part in a panel discussion together with Miikka Kataja, Head [...]

Do We (Really) Support Innovation?

April 24th, 2018|News|

Finland is globally known for its pro-innovation policies. However, whether or not we really support innovation is often tested in the details and technicalities that, in practice, regulate and perhaps stifle innovation.

Cracking the IT Talent Code

April 12th, 2018|News|

IT positions not only take tech skills, but also people skills and business savvy. A coder must interact productively with a team, but also communicate with, hear and implement the needs of the client.

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Securing Our Cyber Future

February 21st, 2018|News|

What do Finnish first graders, business leaders, and the Ministry of Defence have in common? They’re all intimately involved in Finland’s cyber security strategy. Each child must be trained to [...]

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Empower Yourself!

December 7th, 2017|News|

To secure your position as a dynamic communicator and leader of people, it is worth investing the time to listen carefully to experts, internalize what they teach, and use it [...]

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Air France KLM and Amcham Finland Sign Partnership

December 5th, 2017|News|

Amcham Finland and Air France KLM signed a partnership last year. We’re proud of their leading efforts in sustainability and innovative Co2Zero compensation service, which enables passengers to compensate for [...]

Get Your Facts to Pitch Finland Right

November 23rd, 2017|News|

From an investor’s perspective, there has been a need for an up-to-date overview of the Finnish economic climate. What are the facts on the ground? What is changing, and how? [...]

Brexit and the Importance of Continuity

November 20th, 2017|News|

Following a fantastically enjoyable visit to Finland a few weeks ago to discuss the UK Government’s approach to our future trade policy, I have been reflecting on the importance of [...]

Stop Being Afraid and Start Loving E-Commerce

November 13th, 2017|News|

Recently, Amcham Finland hosted the event ‘Stay on Top of the E-Commerce Shake-Up’ in order to outline the concrete steps Finnish companies can take to transform with the changing face [...]

Health as a Business Case

November 9th, 2017|News|

Member company Aino Health Management’s business model is to show that proactive, preventative healthcare and well-being is in the interest of HR departments and companies overall. They’ve developed tools by which data can be harnessed to help employees remain healthy and content and hence productive and engaged. In the context of global markets, companies can’t afford to lose out on this productivity.

Maturin Tchoumi Leads Roche through Finland’s Tipping Point

November 3rd, 2017|News|

Maturin Tchoumi, General Manager for the pharmaceutical giant Roche in Finland, is on a journey. It has taken him from his family farm in Cameroon to Tours, France for a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Johannesburg, South Africa; San Francisco Bay Area, USA; and most recently Mumbai, India. He arrived in Finland eight weeks ago to fine-tune his leadership skills in a European context through another senior leadership position.

A New York Gentleman’s State of Mind

October 31st, 2017|News|

A long-time friend to Amcham Finland and Amchampion of the Year nominee, Michael Student is Counsel in the Corporate Department of Sullivan & Worcester’s New York City office located on Broadway at Times Square. His first trip to Finland was in 1987, and he has represented many Finnish companies in the U.S. since then.

The I’m Blue Crew Makes a Good Brew

October 26th, 2017|News|

Most of our readers are experienced business men and women. But are you entrepreneurs? How would you fare with the following challenge? Along with a few likeminded strangers, throw EUR 40 each into a pot. Then build a successful business using only that money as capital.

Connecting the Dots to Create Value

October 6th, 2017|News|

It was a hot, summer day in gorgeous Tuscany. We arrived in a small village in Chianti, where we’d heard there was an amazing ice cream place. Driving around, we searched, but had no luck. We had already given up when suddenly – there it was, right in front of us. I had lime-basil ice cream, something I’d never imagined as a combination, but it worked: delicious.

Finland’s Gateway to the World

September 28th, 2017|News|

Helsinki Airport (HEL) is the best-connected airport in the Nordics, which gives a competitive advantage to the Finnish economy is some unforeseen ways. Tourism, of course, brings cash flow into the country, but it’s the ripple effect of connectedness, which induces corporations to set up regional headquarters here, for example, that may have the biggest effect on the Finnish economy. If you’re a director of a Beijing-based company (PEK), you might enjoy knowing you can make it home from Helsinki in 7.5 hours.

Meet the Member of the Year: Borenius

September 13th, 2017|News|

Borenius Attorneys Ltd has won the Member of the Year award at this year’s Amchampion Awards due to their activeness in providing their expertise, networks, resources and insights to the community. They know how to get the most out of Amcham. Congratulations!

Steelcase Comes in Swinging

September 12th, 2017|News|

Steelcase, winner of this year’s Amchampion Awards’ Rookie of the Year award, has entered the Finnish market swinging. Congratulations!

Egbert Schram Is the Amchampion of the Year

September 11th, 2017|News|

When one thinks of the most globally savvy person in Finland, Egbert Schram comes to mind – and with the data and statistics to back it up. On top of his cultural awareness, garnered through a career of helping businesses make the most of cultural differences, it’s his generosity and excellent use of the Amcham Finland community as a resource that have earned him this year’s Amchampion of the Year award. Congratulations!

And the Winner Is…

September 8th, 2017|News|

When you are an Amcham member, you are telling the world that you work for a modern company with a global outlook; that you stand for a can-do and problem-solving attitude towards business. You believe that business is stronger when done together and that it’s important to bring intensity and energy to your work. Community is more than just a buzz word.

Oliver Rittgen is a Powerhouse

August 30th, 2017|News|

Oliver Rittgen has been a formidable powerhouse in Finland over the past six and a half years. During that time, as CEO of Bayer Nordic based out of Espoo, he’s grown the company to new heights. Bayer is now a central player in the aim to make Finland the life science hub of Europe, and much of this is due to Rittgen’s insights, determination and vision. Now, he is moving on to a new position. Congratulations!

New CEO, New Beginnings

August 14th, 2017|News|

The Board of Directors has appointed Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson as the new CEO of Amcham Finland. We warmly welcome Alexandra to her new position! She will start working September 1 part time remotely from Texas and full time in Helsinki starting January 1, 2018.

Getting Ready for the Next Government Agenda

August 10th, 2017|News|

The next Finnish government – if all goes as usual – will start its term around the summer of 2019. It may seem like there is an abundance of time to prepare for the next government negotiations, but it’s an illusion. All the planning, coalition-building and general preparation are already underway. One could say that the next government has already started its work.

Women in Business – Top Ten Tips

June 21st, 2017|News|

What is the status of women in business in Finland and globally? As a woman, what challenges do you face in the workplace? And what are your success stories that we can learn from?

SOTE Means Business

June 15th, 2017|News|

When you’re remodeling your apartment, you don’t think, “this is going to look awful.” Instead, you think, “It’s up to me; I’m going to make it amazing!” This is how Ville Koiste, Specialist for the Capacity for Renewal at SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund, summed up SOTE (the Health and Social Care Reform) at a Life Science Group event recently.

The Rise of Ecosystems

June 13th, 2017|News|

The changing face of healthcare is altering traditional business models. People are put at the center when focus is shifted from acute to preventive care. This brings about new ways of thinking: people are empowered to take care of themselves based on information relevant to them as individuals.

The Future Wants You

June 6th, 2017|News|

  In ten years, healthcare will look completely different in Finland, and you can be part of it. Do you have an idea that could be developed with the right [...]

Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Field

June 1st, 2017|News|

  Our legal committee gathered together to continue discussions about themes related to digitalization, the topic throughout the year. We had the opportunity to visit DLA Piper Finland and hear [...]

Matchmaker

May 26th, 2017|News|

Amcham Finland is a community of people that advances the exchange of all sorts of things in Finland and beyond: goods, services, experiences, knowledge, relationships and much more. It facilitates people being part of the world in a more meaningful way. It’s a door-opener and connector: a way to meet others, who in turn open new possibilities. We drive our members’ interests at nearly all levels—from the intimately personal to the hard facts and cold dollar bills.

A Spectrum of Health

May 22nd, 2017|News|

According to Managing Director Mikko Vasama, Philips is nowadays “100% health technology”. Everything they now do can be linked back to health. This may come as a bit of a [...]

Nordea and Launchpad USA Join Forces

May 16th, 2017|News|

Nordea has signed a year-long agreement with Amcham Finland’s Launchpad USA program. Launchpad USA offers business assistance in entering the U.S. market based on real-life experience, practical know-how and insight into the market. Launchpad USA has successfully helped nearly one hundred businesses from the Nordics and Baltics to prepare and establish themselves in the U.S. market. Recently, the program has also been established in Croatia and Jamaica.

It’s Time to Rethink Political Affairs and Lobbying!

May 11th, 2017|News|

For a few years now, people trying to influence political processes may have been thinking, what the h*** has been going on? Back in the good ol’ days it was enough to know the few key players and contact them. Being on top of your game was pretty easy.

Seeking an Ecosystem Where Innovation, Skills and No Small Talk Intertwine?

May 5th, 2017|News|

Helsinki is a beautiful and efficient city, but it lacks the joie de vivre of some of its bigger European siblings. Let’s face it: for about eight months of the year, Helsinki is a miserable place to live, thanks to the challenging climate. So why then do we love it?

Real World Evidence – The Competitive Edge

May 3rd, 2017|News|

The latest LSG roundtable was all about data. We know data is important, but we want to collect it better. We came up with some answers, and (spoiler alert) Finland plays a major role.

Now, Bring Home the Power

April 18th, 2017|News|

What will it take for Helsinki to successfully compete for global companies’ Northern European headquarters? A group of Amcham executives is ready to dig out the answer.

The 2017 Amchampion Awards Nominees

April 7th, 2017|News|

Every year we are privileged to recognize those that have really gone above and beyond – those Amchampions who have taken it upon themselves to go the extra mile in improving the business environment and facilitating Amcham’s mission.

Six Big Questions About Sanctions Answered

March 23rd, 2017|News|

Get your head around global trade and the world of sanctions. Leading Finnish expert Marja Boman of Eversheds took our questions.

Fly High, Land Safely

March 20th, 2017|News|

If the authorities decide to make an unannounced inspection – is your company ready? Crisis management plans are important. They may save you your company and your career.

Managing Your Diversity Portfolio

March 17th, 2017|News|

Fact: Multicultural teams outperform homogeneous ones. Fact: The addition of one “foreigner” to a team increases financial turnover. Fact: Cultural differences can enhance our work environments. But let’s be honest. It’s not always easy.

Influencing in a Post-Truth World

March 2nd, 2017|News|

Corporate citizens have much to contribute. Now we know how they’d like to do it. We called up the Amcham membership to discuss how they think influencing should happen in today’s day and age. That’s a hot topic for several reasons.

Be the Edge

February 16th, 2017|News|

Where are you grooming your talent? We mean, your talent! Personally. We hope you feel proud when there’s new investment coming to your neck of the woods. Because all things being equal, it is talent that attracts investment. That’s the critical factor. So, smile.

Digital Paradox: You Need the Face Time

February 9th, 2017|News|

It was so useful to talk about digital transformation that the seventeen C.E.O.s in the room swore to continue the dialogue. “Top management is not really up to speed about the digital disruption.” That’s what Petteri Poutiainen, Salesforce’s Country Manager in Finland, hears quite frequently.

Hot Cool Brand

February 7th, 2017|News|

Michel Dallemagne has done it with Dove, Sunsilk and TRESemme. Now the freshly minted C.E.O. is building a global brand for Lumene. Michel makes it clear right off the bat. There are some must-get-rights of successful branding.

Digitalization: To Boldly Go Beyond the Buzzword

January 31st, 2017|News|

Digitalization, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence are the “next big thing” in technology and trade. They’re expected to fundamentally transform various industry functions and our everyday lives much like the industrial revolution once did, but a lot quicker.

Positively Different: Finland’s Young Professionals

January 27th, 2017|News|

Finland’s got everything employers are looking for: an abundance of highly educated, experienced and capable young talent. Companies, however, could use an extra dose of courage to realize its potential.

The Winner Shares It All

January 17th, 2017|News|

Collaboration is not just the best way to excel in today’s world – it’s the only way, says OP’s Jouko Pölönen.

Savvy and Connected

January 11th, 2017|News|

How can we make Finland a more globally savvy and connected market? That’s what we as a business community asked ourselves four years ago. The answer was: By making Amcham a true international business hub that enables the success of its members and, as a consequence, of the market as a whole.

Promoting Change in 2017

January 10th, 2017|News|

You have come to know Amcham as a champion of inward investment and top talent. As the new Head of Advocacy, I’m happy to assure you that that is the one thing that is not going to change.

New Year Brings Nordic Expansion

January 4th, 2017|News|

With opening up an office in Stockholm, Amcham will be closer to its growing membership in the Scandinavian countries.

Health Business Calls for New Ventures

December 15th, 2016|News|

On December 13, Amcham Finland launched a new project in the life-science industry. The LS Growth Project is staffed with seasoned business-development professionals, who will systematically spot, vet and connect health-sector companies. The goal is to facilitate ecosystem innovation across industries. In other words, the experts look to prompt the companies to launch completely new businesses in sweet spots that have until now gone unnoticed or at least untapped.

The Catalyst That Means Business

December 12th, 2016|News|

The new Life Science Group gives companies business-development support they thought they’d never have.

The Latest From Launchpad USA

November 29th, 2016|News|

2016 marks another year of growth for the Launchpad USA program – in Finland, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Making Sense of the Trump Victory

November 11th, 2016|News|

The past days have been intense and emotional. Here are some thoughts to close the historic week and to position ourselves for the upcoming changes.

Half of the Answer to the World’s Problems

November 4th, 2016|News|

As of this year, only 4.6% of S&P 500 companies had female CEOs. That’s 45.4% of female leadership we’re missing out on. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a study that does not support diversity in any kind of team environment. Amcham’s most recent Women’s Network on Life-Changing Moments in Leadership featured two distinguished individuals with impressive backgrounds as leaders.

New Top Expertise at Amcham

November 2nd, 2016|News|

Got your Brexit, product launch and advocacy figured out? Don’t worry. As the markets move, so do we. Meet our new team members.

Military Procurements Call for Smart Resourcing

November 1st, 2016|News|

Asko Lindqvist is confident in Finland’s operational and technical competency to carry out the SQ2020 and HX Fighter Program procurements and highlights the importance of focusing upon the commercial and [...]

The Military-Industrial Complex

October 21st, 2016|News|

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and often times, brilliant innovation. A robust system of checks and balances is how we remain resilient in times of desperation.

The Finnish Mystery: Why So Little FDI?

October 14th, 2016|News|

Finland outperforms the rest of the EU when it comes to having an attractive climate for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). So far, Finland hasn’t been able to transform the favourable policy framework into significant FDI inflows. Finland thus foregoes much needed capital, jobs, and knowledge.

The Wait Is Over. Finland’s Education System Travels.

October 3rd, 2016|News|

Thanks to new technology, the successes of the Finnish education system can finally be implemented worldwide. Ever since Finland ranked at the top of the international education comparison PISA in [...]

Top Five Trends in Global M&A

September 28th, 2016|News|

Amcham’s most recent Executive Forum followed the story of Panu Routila, C.E.O. of Konecranes and his first 100 days managing the company.

Make an Issue Personal. Then Change the World.

September 20th, 2016|News|

We wanted to learn from the best, so we went to Washington, D.C. Lo and behold, the “personal touch” is now all the rave in lobbying.

An Unlikely Match? Rauli Mård Wins Amchampion of the Year

September 12th, 2016|News|

Through Amcham, Rauli Mård found a professional team, entered the U.S. market and scaled up his artist-centric business. Now he’s the Amchampion of the Year 2016. It all started two [...]

Rookie of the Year Blic Advocates with Amcham

September 9th, 2016|News|

Member company Blic has been instrumental in beefing up Amcham’s advocacy arm. It’s no wonder, the community elected the newcomer Rookie of the Year 2016. The network works on a [...]

On a Mission With Member of the Year Hanken & SSE

September 8th, 2016|News|

Hanken & SSE provides world-class executive education and has made diversity top of their agenda. Amcham has proved to be a fitting platform to help them do both!

Russian Trade Is Booming Again. Online.

August 31st, 2016|News|

Incredibly, it’s now easier than ever to reach Russian consumers. They shop online. Finland figured out the logistics.

The Active Season? What’s That?

August 24th, 2016|News|

It’s your calendar in Global Business Smarts for the next ten months. But the Active Season is also a navigation tool that will help us know what you need – and you to know where to go next.

The China Factor – the Thing to Watch in Global M&A

August 19th, 2016|News|

The merger of Finnish Konecranes and American Terex was affected by an unsolicited bid by a Chinese interloper. This is the new reality, says Johannes Piha, the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Borenius.

U.S. Visas – Dos and Don’ts

July 28th, 2016|News|

Applying for a U.S. visa for yourself or your company does not have to be a daunting task. If you plan well and choose the right visa, you can expect the process to go smoothly.

Is Diverse Also Better? (Or Just More Fun) Part 3

June 28th, 2016|News|

The Amcham team represents six nationalities: American, British, Canadian, Estonian, Finnish and Greek. (Over the years, we’ve had fourteen of them. And six religions. And seven mother tongues.)

The 2016 Amchampion Awards Nominees

June 21st, 2016|News|

It’s that time of year again – the annual Amchampion Awards are here! We’re proud to have had a record year, welcoming an impressive number of diverse additions to our [...]

Finnish Politics Gets a Facelift

June 15th, 2016|News|

This weekend was full of excitement for political junkies, with three national parties choosing a new leader, and plenty of new policy directions taken by four.

Amchampioning the Success of Women

May 20th, 2016|News|

In business, your network is your superpower. Joining and contributing in women’s networks is one way to make you an instant insider, in whatever it is you want to do.

Changing the World, One Company at a Time

May 19th, 2016|News|

We’re seeing a new bold generation of thinkers and doers. They don’t complain, they lead the way and put their heads, hearts and hands in the game. They come up with solutions and inspire people they talk with.

Uncertainty Stifling Business

May 17th, 2016|News|

83% of Amcham executives say their business has been negatively impacted by the recent political and economic uncertainty in Europe.

Setting Up Shop on the U.S. Market

May 3rd, 2016|News|

In New York real estate, every detail has a price tag. Be it the jungle of jurisdictional, state and federal rules and regulations governing how to install electricity, to how [...]

The U.S. Elections – What’s in It for You?

April 29th, 2016|News|

As the race to the parties’ national conventions in the United States intensifies, the election is everywhere. It’s entertaining, for sure. But is there also a professional reason a business person in Europe should take time to understand an election happening 5,000 miles away?

Globally Savvy? Now Get Nordified!

April 25th, 2016|News|

This week it’s been exceptionally easy to see where the world is going. Every company I’ve spoken with is busy nordifying itself.

Is Diverse Also Better? (Or Just More Fun) Part 2

April 11th, 2016|News|

The Amcham team represents six nationalities: American, British, Canadian, Estonian, Finnish and Greek. (Over the years, we’ve had fourteen of them. And six religions. And seven mother tongues.) According to research, organizations with more diversity in their workforce grow and outperform those with less.

Vision for Finland: Widening Our Scope

April 4th, 2016|News|

A resilient nation, full of potential, approaches its 100th birthday. There is a good number of things we’ve achieved in just 100 years. At this time of reflection, we also set our sights on the future.

5 Ways to Make Helsinki a Hub for HQs

March 30th, 2016|News|

How do you measure the economic importance of a city? One widely-accepted metric is a city’s ability to attract global and regional headquarters. Compared to other Nordic countries, Finland is trailing behind, but not for lack of potential.

New Board – Terrific Competencies

March 18th, 2016|News|

The ten-year-old Amcham Finland community can once more boast a new exciting cadre of leaders.

Is Diverse Also Better? (Or Just More Fun) Part 1

March 10th, 2016|News|

The Amcham team represents six nationalities: American, British, Canadian, Estonian, Finnish and Greek. (Over the years, we’ve had fourteen of them. And six religions. And seven mother tongues.) According to research, organizations with more diversity in their workforce grow and outperform those with less.

The Blocks Are There. Now Build.

March 7th, 2016|News|

Get a ride, find a place to sleep, listen to some music. Trivial? Definitely. And often a basis for a successful, ground-breaking business plan.

Share Your Vision

February 19th, 2016|News|

We believe in openness, so let’s let air in. Things could be better. Not too long ago, the air was filled with optimism. The drive for internationalization in Finland and [...]

Finland: Defence in Extreme Conditions

February 9th, 2016|News|

Finland’s unique geography has shaped the way Finnish defence has and continues to develop. Here are some key facts that help illustrate how the country is so well-positioned. Be a [...]

Vision for Finland: New Cross-Fertilization between Industry and Academia

January 26th, 2016|News|

Meet Kalervo Väänänen, Rector of the University of Turku and seasoned academic who knows a thing or two about bringing the worlds of research and business together. What would a man with such a background prescribe for a nation striving to move towards growth?

More sales. Less stress.

December 16th, 2015|News|

With B2B sales becoming more fiercely competitive, businesses are forced to look for ways to improve their sales teams’ proficiency and efficiency. By any means necessary?

Three things to know about car-sharing

December 14th, 2015|News|

The Amcham team now has a “company car.” More precisely, we in the team have started to share a car provided by Hertz between us.

The key to business success in the US? Selecting the right partners.

December 7th, 2015|News|

Meet Ceridwen Koski, an immigration lawyer specializing in European and Nordic companies. Although she calls Denver home, Ceridwen conducts business across the USA from NYC to Silicon Valley and became an Amcham Finland member in November 2014; almost immediately after the New York City office was established.

Protecting code is the new must

November 30th, 2015|News|

Imagine building a company and working on its brand and product for years only to notice that someone has replicated your business.

An Unforgettable 10th Birthday Bash

November 18th, 2015|News|

The past ten years have brought tribulations but also successes. It has been a decade of milestones, adventures and memories. We can hardly wait to see what the future holds for this vibrant, warm community.

Welcome to Slush 2015!

November 12th, 2015|News|

1,700 startups, 700 investors and 200 speakers. Those are Slush 2015’s impressive numbers.

Change Ignites Innovation: UPM capitalizing on industry shifts

November 9th, 2015|News|

Last year was a big year for UPM, the Finnish frontrunner in the bio and forest industry. In January of 2015, they opened the world’s first wood-based renewable biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Life Science: Finland’s thriving business sector

November 6th, 2015|News|

If you hear the word biobank, what image does it conjure? You might think of a lab, sterile and white, or quite literally envision samples of bio materials in test tubes. For Bayer, an international Life Science company hailing from Germany, it means research and business opportunities.

Get the Edge – Improve Productivity

October 26th, 2015|News|

Meet Efecte – a member company that both provides and breaths efficiency. We had a chance to speak with C.E.O. Sakari “Sakke” Suhonen.

From Good to Excellent Board Practices (Part 2)

October 23rd, 2015|News|

Jorma Eloranta is a board member in four companies of which he chairs three. The net sales of these companies was 20 billion euros last year. His last executive position was the President and CEO of Metso Corporation. He also serves as the Chair of Directors’ Institute of Finland.

From Good to Excellent Board Practices (Part 1)

October 13th, 2015|News|

Last week, Amcham welcomed Jorma for an early morning breakfast. This breakfast marked the launch of a program titled “From Good to Excellent.”

Employee with a pulse – do you still need one?

October 12th, 2015|News|

Are robots more valuable than humans? As we make our way through this digitalized age, one thing becomes apparent: jobs are being eliminated by the minute. New technologies are doing human jobs more quickly, efficiently and correctly. Machines make no errors. But now, robots are replacing a different sector of the human workforce – knowledge.

Rehn’s Action Plan – Streamlining investments to Finland

October 10th, 2015|News|

Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn has a reputation as one the most tenacious and organized Commissioners of the European Union. This was made apparent when he was leading the Economic policy in Brussels.

Headache with insurance? This Insurance Vixen will cure you!

October 4th, 2015|News|

Meet Susan Combs. A Mizzou Tiger, a half-marathoner, a public speaker, and an active sports enthusiast. She’s also a super hero of sorts as she battles against the labyrinth of pitfalls and particularities that dot the US business landscape. In fact, she is also known as the Insurance Vixen.

New U.S. home in the heart of NYC, Times Square

October 4th, 2015|News|

Companies from Finland and the other Nordic countries now have an even better landing pad in the U.S. market as the Helsinki-based, b-to-b network Amcham Finland moves its New York operations into bigger premises in Times Square.

Multi-sector Cooperation is the Key to Successful Sustainable Development

September 30th, 2015|News|

Five Finnish companies – Kotipizza, Finnair, Neste, Fortum, and Metsä Group – showcased their cutting-edge innovations and the progressiveness of their home market of Finland today in New York City. The companies discussed the business advantages they have gained through progressive practices and proceeding all regulations with their proactive approaches.

Business Destination: Finland

September 23rd, 2015|News|

There are a multitude of compelling reasons to invest in Finland. Need some concrete facts to sway you? Read on to find out why you need to take a closer look at this country.

America: Now What?

September 17th, 2015|News|

A country of five million people compared to a country of 350 million people.

Season of the Startup – Road to Slush 2015

September 4th, 2015|News|

In a little over two months, Helsinki will be the talk of the town when thousands of tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and journalists from around the world will meet for the largest tech startup event outside of Silicon Valley – Slush.

Talent shortage there – talent surplus here

May 22nd, 2015|News|

Skills shortages around the world show no signs of abating, as employers continue to struggle to find the talent they need. But Finland may just have an upper hand.

Nordic by Nature: CEOs united on investment front

April 30th, 2015|News|

Mature. Competitive. Early adopters. These are just some characteristics that give businesses in the Nordic countries an edge. The trend towards Nordification, however, goes beyond company traits. It’s the rapid transformation of national markets into one Nordic economy – a place we call the New North.

Can your lawyer keep your secrets?

April 24th, 2015|News|

Confiding fully in your lawyer without having what you disclose used against you is a cornerstone of the legal profession. Clients and legal professionals alike can take it for granted that what they discuss freely won’t later be disclosed to authorities.

Raising the Bar: Amcham’s Legal Committee

April 24th, 2015|News|

Maria Troberg felt slightly nervous as a junior associate amongst the cadre of senior lawyers at her first Amcham Legal committee meeting.

Finland’s got foreign talent? Attracting skilled workers

April 17th, 2015|News|

Canadian Alexandre Marchand, 25, is the kind of immigrant Finland needs more of: highly-trained and hard-working. However, the bureaucracy in Finland does not always make life easy.

A one-stop shop for FDI? The Finnish Parliamentary Elections

April 14th, 2015|News|

When it comes to attracting foreign direct investment, Finland continues to fall further behind its Nordic neighbors. Last year, out of U.S. investments – the largest investor to the region – Norway attracted 46% and Sweden 37% but Finland only 2%.

Huippuosaaminen – kupla vai mahdollisuus?

March 21st, 2015|News|

Suomessa pitäisi olla vapaana harvinaisen paljon huippuosaamista. Kuitenkin meillä on liki yhdeksän prosentin työttömyys, eivätkä ulkomaiset investoijat suoranaisesti revi ihmisiä käsistä.

Sky High with Finnair – Amcham’s Rookie of the Year

March 19th, 2015|News|

Helsinki – the gateway between Asia, America and Europe – is a fast developing business, logistics and transport hub. Infrastructure developments and increased air traffic is helping Finland open up [...]

Full speed ahead for Amcham Member of the Year

March 19th, 2015|News|

Lockheed Martin may be a global player in aerospace, defense and security, but it’s more than the Defense Industry Dialogue that makes Amcham its Nordic landing pad. International Business Development [...]

On Target: Inkeri Mentzoni is Amchampion of the Year

March 19th, 2015|News|

Do you know the feeling? You are excited and eager to take on a new challenge but have no clue where to start. Discussing ideas with your peers can be a great first step and one that Amcham can help you take.

Amchampion Award Winners 2015

March 19th, 2015|News|

The Board of Directors is proud to announce yet another set of outliers in the Amcham community. Click the links below to find out more about these Amchampions.

Get it right by taking the steps

March 15th, 2015|News|

“US-access is a bit like a game of Monopoly,” says Mike Klyszeiko, who runs the Launchpad USA program. Really?

Digital Dream or Online Nightmare?

March 9th, 2015|News|

During 2014, it became clear that the safest place for your information is in the analog world – digital means public.

Where global investors meet

March 2nd, 2015|News|

Jobs, growth and development – foreign investors are a resource worth tapping into.

An Ombudsman for FDI? Amcham Finland explains why

February 26th, 2015|News|

Finland consistently tops global anti-corruption polls, but when it comes to making fast and transparent decisions related to foreign direct investment, the bureaucratic process is often drawn-out and murky.

Champions aren’t made in gyms! Your Amcham Award nominees

January 27th, 2015|News|

There’s something about them. They are thought leaders, they are creative and they are great entrepreneurs. They are the individuals, companies and newcomers, who go above and beyond to improve the business environment for the whole community.

Prime Minister Stubb’s Assistant takes Amcham behind the scenes

January 21st, 2015|News|

Your boss is one of Finland’s busiest people – the prime minister. As his assistant, you are on call 24/7. What’s it like to juggle the schedule? How do you make time for the most critical items? Do you get any down time?

Charles Adams seeks to advance economic ties

July 30th, 2014|News|

Championing the transatlantic trade partnership will be a key priority for America’s ambassador-designate to Finland. International tax and policy lawyer Mr. Charles Adams has been nominated for the posting by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Summer time growth

July 23rd, 2014|News|

Before moving to Finland four years ago, I had lived my whole life in warm sunny California.

Guggenheim Helsinki in the New York Times

July 12th, 2014|News|

The Guggenheim Helsinki would boost business, investment and economic growth. Despite the benefits the iconic contemporary art museum presents, debate about its future continues. Read more about Amcham’s position in the New York Times.

Movers and Shakers.

June 18th, 2014|News|

They are fresh, creative, dynamic, and increasing in numbers. Come and meet the trailblazers who are making tracks in the U.S.

Trail blazing the American Dream

June 18th, 2014|News|

They are fresh, creative, dynamic, and increasing in numbers. They are young companies, aiming for fast development in the world’s largest consumer market, and beyond. Come and meet some of the faces from our Launchpad USA community.

Trespass Helsinki

March 26th, 2014|News|

Developments are underway to turn Helsinki into a transport hub of the future. The gateway between Asia and the west. Find out how business is already capitalizing on this emerging ecosystem.

My kitchen rules

March 21st, 2014|News|

Magisso is a Finnish brand on a mission: to create innovative functional design products and place them in every kitchen in America.

Rail Baltica – the opportunity of a lifetime

February 15th, 2014|News|

Get ready to think big. The most ambitious transportation project of all time is coming to a city near you. Just imagine what a massive underwater rail tunnel and super-fast connections through Europe could do to your life. We’re already working on it.

Guggenheim wants Helsinki. Why?

October 31st, 2013|News|

Let’s forget the lively discussion on whether Helsinki should welcome a new museum of modern art. Let’s just focus on why the Guggenheim foundation is interested in picking Helsinki in the first place. After all, if Guggenheim is interested, should you be, too? Right?

How to ride change in 2014

October 30th, 2013|News|

Everything seems to be shifting: the way we work, connect, play, and buy. Staying in the game is a taxing demand.

Data privacy – protect or perish!

October 8th, 2013|News|

When was the last time your organization had a data privacy health check? Prepare for the EU Data Protection Regulation.

Get your game plan right with the GAP! Apply now.

October 7th, 2013|News|

If you like the myth of the lone, rogue entrepreneur beating the odds, we wish you the best of luck. If however you’d like to take on the world by smartly maximizing your chances of success, we’d like to propose a program called GAP!

Your Social Network

September 25th, 2013|News|

How can you make social media work in your favor? Consider these four things before getting started.

Running the mobile future

September 25th, 2013|News|

So, how does the acquisition of Nokia’s cellphone business by Microsoft look to the Finns? Nokia is, after all, the pride of an entire nation.

Join the action with a special offer

September 10th, 2013|News|

With the new Launchpad USA program, we believe every company should have full access to the many exciting opportunities it provides for growth companies – and all of us.

Take it from Bruce: The hub is here.

August 29th, 2013|News|

He’s a guy who is used to looking at things from a business angle. As an ambassador, he is not just taking his own advice. His job is to tell [...]

Countdown to the USA is on

August 28th, 2013|News|

Has your company set its eyes on the US market? Great. Join the club.

6 ways to make networking work for you!

August 5th, 2013|News|

Networking is like a pill. We might or might not like it but most times have to take it. Learning how to deal with it will just make it easier and gradually more pleasurable when the after effects are experienced.   With these six tips you can turn networking from a bitter pill into an energy boost.

The United States boosts Helsinki as a regional hub

January 20th, 2013|News|

The US government is opening a USD 125 million business building in downtown Helsinki. The space is a one-of-a-kind tool to enhance trade and investment between the United States and Europe at the center of the rapidly developing Northern European market.