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Finnish expertise for solving global problems

Juha Sipilä | 8.12.2016

We Finns have specialised in finding practical solutions to intractable problems. My confidence in this has been further strengthened by recent trips – together with Finnish companies – to India, Argentina and Mexico. We have solutions for global problems associated with ensuring clean air, renewable energy, and sufficient food and clean water.

I travelled to India early this year, where Finnish companies were introduced to state actors and large enterprises. In India, we crystallised Finland's story as follows: we are the world's cleanest country. Finland has huge potential and expertise in areas such as the circular economy, based on generating energy from waste and liquid fuels from biowaste masses. 
 
Finland has traditionally been successful in international ratings, in terms of its expertise, well-functioning society and education. We are at least on the same level as the other Nordic countries with respect to technology and innovation.  
 
Examples include bioeconomy applications sourced from forests; the conversion of forestry and agricultural side streams into energy and transport fuels; the revival in the use of cellulose; the potential of printed electronics; health and wellbeing technologies; energy systems; smart construction and infrastructure; and Arctic expertise.

To be competitive, we will continue to need strong, new expertise and innovations that succeed on the global markets, and we must leverage digitalisation. Developers of new products and services, such as VTT and other actors engaged in applied research, will play a key role in this.

New technology sectors are giving positive signals in terms of economic growth and industrial investment. These are the sectors in which Finland can succeed in the future. We need to do more to ensure that research and innovation continues to be a strong priority on Finland’s national agenda. Companies, business and industry will quickly benefit from this, which will in turn benefit the national economy.

Finland will succeed during the next 100 years through competence development, team spirit and a firmly forward-looking approach.


Juha Sipilä
Prime Minister 

 

 

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