Press release 187/2013
10 September 2013
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb will travel to Hammerfest, Norway, on 17–19 September. He will be accompanied by representatives from 37 Finnish enterprises, operating in such sectors as construction, technology, energy and shipbuilding. The business delegation was assembled by Finpro.
Norway is one of the world’s wealthiest countries and is therefore and important market area for Finland as well. In spite of Europe’s weak economic situation, Norway’s economic growth estimate for this year is 2.8 per cent. In 2012, the volume of trade between Finland and Norway was almost four billion euros; Finnish exports to Norway amounted to EUR 1.8 billion and the imports to EUR 2.2 billion. Compared to the previous year, our exports increased by as much as 13 per cent, and the growth is expected to continue this year as well.
Norway’s economic growth is mainly based on energy and offshore industry. Oil and gas production has now been expanded to the Barents Sea, which offers business opportunities for Finnish companies as well.
Minister Stubb will give a speed at a business seminar to be held in Hammerfest and visit the LNG plant of Melkøya, producing liquefied natural gas, and Polarbase that provides, for example, port and maintenance services.
The Finnish companies and organisations participating in the visit are: Ahma Engineers, Aker Arctic Technology, Amitec, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Barents Center Finland, BusinessOulu, Caverion Industria, Duuri, Enersense, Fineweld, Finnish Staff Office Oy, GaV Group, GVK Coating Technology, Havator, Hollming Works Group, Indewe Group, JTA Connection, KOSEK, Maanrakennus R. Jussila, Nordic Power Service, the City of Oulu, Paramet Konepaja, Patria Aviation, Reka Cables, City of Rovaniemi, Ruukki Construction, Scandinaval Finland, STX Finland, Sun Sauna, Surma, Takoma, Team Botnia, Telinekataja, Turku Repair Yard, The Upper-Savo Development, Uwira, Vaasaball LNG Product and VEO Norway/Vaasa Engineering.
Additional information: Mari-Kaisa Brander, Press Attaché to the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, tel. +358 40 131 3388; Erja Karkkonen, Press and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Finland, Oslo, tel. +47 958 843 14; and Vesa Vasara, Head of Unit for Northern Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 50 408 2634