The SUBMARINER Network in Finland

Finland is an active member in the SUBMARINER Network and was a partner in the original SUBMARINER project 2010-2013. Since then, Finland has been a project partner in the Interreg BSR co-funded projects Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance and Alliance+, Smart Blue Regions, Baltic RIM, Blue Platform and GRASS.

Key Facts

  • Population: 5,5 million (as of 2019)
  • Area: 338,440 km2
  • 1,250 km coastline
  • 19 regions & 311 municipalities
  • Finland has the 14th larges national economy in the world measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and 24th largest in the world measured by purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita (2018)
  • 13 universities and 23 universities of applied sciences
  • Finland has approximately 178,947 islands and 187,888 lakes
  • Finland has free education, also at the university level 
  • Finland was ranked as #1 in the World Happiness Index 2018 and 2019
  • The largest industries are electronics, machinery, vehicles and other engineered metal products, forest industry and chemicals.
  • Blue bioeconomy has been identified as one of the strategic priorities in the Government Programme 2025 in Finland 
  • Out of Blue – Research and competence building agenda on the blue bioeconomy (2018)

Key networks and actors/meet our members

SUBMARINER members: 

  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Regional Council of Southwest Finland
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Key networks and actors:

  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Baltic Sea Action Group
  • John Nurminen Foundation
  • SFTec Oy
  • EHP Environment Ltd.
  • Gaia Group Oy
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
  • Aalto University
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Turku
  • University of Oulu
  • LUT University
  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences
  • Smart Chemistry Park

Finland has high potential for new blue biotechnology innovations.

Finance and regulation

  • Business Finland 

Finland has high potential for new blue biotechnology innovations.

  • projects: Blue Platform, GRASS, Alliance+, (Blue Adapt, )
  • legislation: 
  • major companies: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Neste

Finland is active in studying the amount and effect of microplastics in the sea  

  • projects: FanpLESStic-Sea, UBINAM 
  • legislation: 
  • major companies:

Finland is developing more sustainable fish aquaculture 

Hi! My name is Efthalia Arvaniti. As Programme Manager at the SUBMARINER Network I am happy to answer any questions!


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