Space research

Herschel, ESA

Bringing space technology to every day life by investing in space research is essential for Finland. These include e.g. location-based and weather services, which are among the areas developed in the European Space Agency ESA’s programmes.

Business Finland (Tekes and Finpro united as Business Finland on January 1st 2018) provides funding for Finnish space companies, universities and space research facilities. Business Finland also offers international networks and details on how to participate in ESA’s programmes and how to benefit from EUMETSAT and European Commission’s tenders.

Learn more on Business Finland’s New Space Economy program.

See facts of space research in Finland


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In 2015, Tekes ordered a report focusing on the societal impact of space activities. The report was based on a survey that was conducted among Tekes’ company customers.

As a part of the overall impact evaluation, Tekes inquired whether their clients’ services, products or processes would function without space technology. 25 % of the companies stated that space technology is a critical part of their business.

Space technology generates a turnover of at least 22 billion €, employs over 40 000 people and creates 13 billion € in exports for Finnish companies.

Business Finland has recognised approximately 70 companies in Finland that primarily work in the field of space technology.

Finnish space science research organisations

Finnish Earth observation science organisations

Examples of Finnish space research

Testing space electronics to the limit
The Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä’s Physics Department hosts the Radiation Effects Facility (RADEF), one of only a few such radiation effects facilities in the world. Here, electrical components for spacecraft are tested to see how they will perform when exposed to radiation in space, accurately simulated using precisely engineered ‘particle cocktails’.


New breed of space tech is coming from Finland
High tech and Finland go together. This northern country initiated the mobile phone revolution, built mighty ice breakers, conceived the high-rise super elevators and invaded the world with Angry Birds. Finland is definitely a country of engineering and technology.