Priorities of Finnish space activities outlined by national strategy 

In 2013, the Finnish Space Committee adopted the National Strategy for Finland’s Space Activities 2013–2020. The aim is for Finland’s space activities to reach the world’s top level in selected areas by 2020.

The key objectives of the strategy are as follows:

  1. Developing space-based applications that respond to the growing demands of the Arctic region.
  2. Reinforcing the competitiveness of services through open spatial data.
  3. Raising the level of scientific research by utilising ESA’s and EU’s programmes.
  4. Advancing the specialisation of the space industry and its applications development to tackle tightening competition.

Since the strategy was drafted, the focus in space activities has shifted to exploiting new business opportunities. To respond to changes in the space sector, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications jointly set up a working group tasked with updating the measures in the Finnish space strategy to promote growth and employment. The group submitted its report to the ministers in November 2018. The working group’s report includes a proposal for growth-promoting measures in the space sector. The measures are divided into three themes: requirements for market access, international influencing, and research. Each theme area has concrete numerical or verbal targets that are to be achieved by 2025.

The general objective is that in 2025, Finland is the world’s most attractive and agile space business environment that benefits all companies operating here. 

The Finnish Space Committee steers and oversees the implementation of the updated space strategy.

Space Strategy 2013-2020 - Abstract

Updating the measures in the space strategy - report of the Working Group 2018 

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Maija Lönnqvist