International talents to help companies

Immigration to Finland is increasing rapidly. Work, family and studies are the most important reasons for coming to Finland. Migration brings to Finland international talents who can be harnessed both to create new jobs and to spur entrepreneurship and innovations. They can also promote business growth and internationalisation.

The objective of the Government’s joint Talent Boost programme is to make Finland more attractive to international talents and to channel the expertise of international talents already in Finland to support growth, internationalisation and innovation in Finnish companies.

Talent Boost programme

In its 2017 mid-term policy review, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government decided to launch Talent Boost – International Talents Boosting Growth, a joint cross-sectoral programme for the Government. The Government defined the following objectives for the programme:

  • Finland will attract international talents and will harness their networks to get investments into Finland.
  • Companies will use the networks and expertise of international talents to spur growth and internationalisation.
  • The ecosystems and innovation platforms of the business sector as well as the labour market will be accessible to international talents and will encourage entrepreneurship.

The Talent Boost programme expands the International Talents Boosting Growth agenda, launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in autumn 2016, to create cooperation across sectoral boundaries. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for the coordination of the programme shared by the whole Government.

The Talent Boost steering group is chaired by Permanent Secretary Jari Gustafsson of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Aside from ministries, the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere and Turku are represented in the programme steering group. In addition, there is continuous dialogue with companies, enterprise organisations, chambers of commerce, universities, international experts and other stakeholders about how to attract and utilise international talents.


The Government’s research project Immigrants and Innovation Economy (in finnish

Projects under the International Talents Boosting Growth programme that receive funding from Finland’s structural funds programme (in finnish)

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Questions and answers about the Talent Boost programme

Publication by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Innovaatiotalouden maahanmuuttopolitiikka. Kansainvälinen muuttoliike, maahanmuuttajat ja innovaatiopolitiikka (Immigration policy of the innovation economy. International migration, immigrants and innovation policy) (in finnish)


Laura Lindeman, Senior Specialist, laura.lindeman(at)