Finland in space

Galileo satellites ESA

Space research, development of space technology, space technology applications and international cooperation form the basis for Finland’s space activities. Space related activities aim to benefit the Finnish economy and to accelerate the international competitiveness of Finnish companies.

The most important public funding organisation for space activities in Finland is Business Finland (Tekes and Finpro united as Business Finland on January 1st 2018) that also coordinates the cooperation between Finland and the European Space Agency ESA. The funding consists mainly of company research, development and innovation funding and ministries’ budgeted funding for universities and other research organisations.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible e.g. for the space policy, authorisation for space activities and the registry of space objects in Finland.

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