Start a business

How can the Trade Register help you?

Our advisory service provides advice in matters relating to notifications and applications to be submitted to the Trade Register. We also give advice about the legal effects and other effects of registration.

Please note that the Trade Register staff cannot give official advice in other practical arrangements of starting up a business, or advice in questions on company law, taxation or other matters of juridical nature.

Please see the detailed instructions on how to file a start-up notification, by company type, in the menu.

Read more about our Advisory service and what kind of questions it can answer.

Details on beneficial owners

Most companies must file a notification of their actual beneficial owners with the Finnish Trade Register. For example, all limited liability companies and co-operatives must file a notification.

Companies must file a notification of their beneficial owners by 1 July 2020, and after that whenever the details change or a new company is set up.

Read more about details on beneficial owners.

Other services to help you start a business

You can get help to start a business from the following service providers.

Suomi.fi website

The Suomi.fi website offers a comprehensive information service for new businesses.

Anyone who runs a business that require a separate business licence, either as a private trader or as an organisation, has to report the granted business licence to the Trade Register. More information about business licences is avaible on suomi.fi.

Go to the Suomi.fi website.

NewCo Helsinki

NewCo Helsinki is a service centre for those looking into starting up a business and for those already operating a business. Go to the NewCo Helsinki website.

TE Offices

Finnish TE Offices offer a wide range of services for entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurship and starting their own business. Go to the TE Office website.

Taxation – information and advice

For advice on taxation, please contact the advisory service at the Finnish Tax Administration. Read more about taxation on the Finnish Tax Administration website.

FI domain names

Registered FI domain names are listed on the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) website. Go to the Traficom website.

Tips

Go to our summary of the most common types of business. If you need more advice on how to choose the right type of business, please contact the service providers mentioned above, for example Suomi.fi, for further help. Go to the Suomi.fi website.

Please see the detailed instructions on how to file a start-up notification with the Trade Register, by company type, in the menu.

If you are living permanently outside the European Economic Area, you may need a permit to set up a business. Read more about permits to persons from outsice the EEA.

On this PRH website, you can also find other useful information about our other services. Read more about our services:

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Latest update 13.08.2019