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Minister of Economic Affairs stresses Finland’s circular economy and energy expertise at Dubai Expo

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 1.10.2021 10.45
Press release
Elinkeinoministeri Mika Lintilä

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will travel to Expo 2020 Dubai with a business delegation on 4–7 October 2021. This is the first Team Finland export promotion visit by a Finnish minister since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lintilä’s visit aims to strengthen the relations between Finland and the United Arab Emirates and to promote Finnish business in the Persian Gulf countries.

“The world is opening up after the pandemic and the world fair in Dubai offers an excellent opportunity to boost Finnish exports in growing and potential markets,” says Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. 

Finland and the United Arab Emirates already enjoy good relations, especially in trade. There are currently some 70 Finnish companies operating in the United Arab Emirates and in 2020 the country was Finland’s second largest export destination in the Persian Gulf region. Before the coronavirus outbreak, the country was also a popular travel destination for Finns. 

“The United Arab Emirates has ambitious goals for the sustainable management and use of natural resources. Finnish companies have expertise in achieving these goals, for example in renewable energy, bioeconomy and circular economy,” Lintilä says. 

During the visit, the Minister will meet high-level decision-makers and authorities together with companies. 

100 Finnish companies on display in Finland’s pavilion

The Lumi Pavilion highlights Finland’s expertise in clean technology, circular economy, sustainable energy, digitalisation, education and travel. 

About a hundred Finnish companies will participate in the exhibition. The main partners are Kone, Wärtsilä, Fiskars Group, Nokia, Konecranes, Metso Outotec, Fortum, Isku, Valmet, Finnair, Haaga-Helia, iLOQ, Granlund, Black Donuts, Collaprime, Genelec, Smart Nuclear Energy Solutions, Education Finland and Neles.

The world fair, which was postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open on 1 October 2021. This is the first time in the fair’s 168-year history that it had to be postponed. The Expo 2020 Dubai is the first world exhibition organised by an Arab country. More than 190 countries will participate in the Expo, which will be open until the end of March 2022.

The companies participating in the Team Finland business delegation are BMH Technology, GTK, Griffin Refineries, Korkia, L7 Drive, Nokia, Valmet, Valoe and Wärtsilä.


Teppo Säkkinen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs, tel. +358 50 516 2868
Nina Alatalo, Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs (EU and International Affairs), tel. +358 295 047 171
Laura Liski, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 240

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