What is Team Finland?
The Team Finland network promotes Finland and its interests abroad: Finland’s external economic relations, the internationalisation of Finnish enterprises, investments in Finland and the country brand.
The Team Finland operating model brings together key actors in these fields both at home and abroad. The actors are guided by shared goals annually approved by the Government. The aim of cooperation is to create a clear, flexible and customer-oriented operating model where projects falling under the scope of Team Finland activities are carried out in cooperation between state and private actors.
Since its inception, Team Finland has progressed rapidly in its joint activities. The Team Finland Strategy published in June 2014 determines the priorities of activities for the year 2015. The strategy will be updated annually, but not continually reinvented. A long-term perspective and continuity are important in Team Finland work.
Who make up Team Finland?
At the heart of the Team Finland network are three Ministries – the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture – together with publicly funded bodies and Finnish offices abroad (including Finland’s diplomatic missions, the offices of Finpro and Tekes, and national culture and science institutes), all operating under the ministries’ guidance.
Abroad, more than 70 teams represent the Team Finland network. Each local team gathers together the Finnish authorities, publicly funded organisations, and other central actors representing Finland in the particular region. The local teams of the ELY centres (regional centres for economic development, transport and the environment), fifteen in all, make up an important part of the Team Finland network in Finland.
While publicly funded actors make up the core of the network, cooperation with, for instance, enterprises, organisations and universities is highly important. We need everybody’s input and work.
We bring lasting change
The Team Finland operating model is based on the 2011 Government Programme, which set the goals of enhancing the effectiveness of Finland’s economic external relations and improving cooperation between publicly funded organisations operating abroad.
Team Finland is not a new organisation or a new layer of additional bureaucracy; it is merely bringing existing publicly funded activities together under a simpler umbrella. This is a major project that progresses and deepens in stages. The perspective of Team Finland work is longer than individual Government terms.