Team Finland in Malaysia and Brunei


Team Finland network is represented by over 80 local offices all over the world. They bring together Finnish authorities, publicly funded organizations and other Finland-related key operators. Domestically Team Finland network comprises of such important parts as the teams of local ELY Centers, numbering in 15. The companies will receive help if asked, ranging from guidance to funding and building community relations.

Team Finland contact persons in Malaysia and Brunei


First Secretary Eero Väisänen


Ambassador Sami Leino

Business and export promotion

APAC Regional Manager of Business Finland Pekka Laitinen

Senior Advisor Mohamed Farid

Joining the Team Finland e-mail list is possible by sending a message to the following address: [email protected]. Current information concerning the markets of Malaysia is shared through the list.

Team Finland operators in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam

  • Embassy of Finland, Kuala Lumpur

  • Representative of Business Finland in Malaysia

  • MFBC, Malaysian Finnish Business Council

Expert network and contacts among authorities in Malaysia

Below one can download TF team’s material about the expert network and contacts among authorities in Malaysia, updated in May 2018. It is meant for Finnish businesses interested in Malaysia and for businesses that are already operating in the country. The file is in PDF form.

pdfTF expert contacts in Malaysia 2018

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Funding export

For companies that head abroad, specially to developing markets, there are many funding alternatives(layout.types.url.description), see funding services at Business Finland's website.

Malaysia is considered a developing market in the view of OECD, and some funding alternatives suitable for this market is listed below.

Business Finland's Explorer funding

Explorer funding(layout.types.url.description) is meant for small and medium-sized enterprises as well as for midcap companies, who are looking for new markets abroad for their products, services or business models. The company can be in its early stages of internationalization or be already operational in export markets.

With Explorer financing, the company can buy new know-how, with which it can advance in new markets. This financing is only meant for covering costs from bought professional services. The financing, issued by Business Finland, amounts between 5000–10 000 Euros and it covers 50% of the costs of buying professional services. The total size of the project is between 10 000–20 000 Euros.

The Developing Markets Platform

Developing Markets Platform(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) (previously BEAM program) combines Business Finland services with those of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finnpartnership and other key partners. We help Finnish companies and their partners access African and Asian growth markets in ways that are compatible with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We offer information, advice, contacts and project funding for developing markets.  

Finnpartnership’s Business Partnership Support and Matchmaking service

One can approach Finnpartnership on questions relating to business operation in developing countries. Finnpartnership offers business partnership support and comprehensive information services. It is advisable to contact the experts in Finnpartnership already in the planning phase of the project. The experts will instruct during the different stages of the project. The services Finnpartnership offers are free of charge. Together with Business Finland and the Embassy of Finland Finnpartnership organized Doing Business in Finland seminars in Malaysia in 2016 and in 2018.

Business partnership support is financial support meant for planning, development and training stages of the establishment and import projects. Finnish companies or other operators are eligible to apply for the support. Support may be granted for starting business activities that aim to establish long-term, commercial cooperation that is profitable.

With the help of the free Matchmaking service, companies abroad can seek for new collaboration options and place ads in which business partners are sought after in Finland. Finnpartnership conveys the business partnership initiatives placed by companies from developing countries to Finland. The concept of business partnership here refers to the long-term collaboration of companies or other economic operators from Finland and developing countries for instance in the form of joint venture or import from a developing country.

Team Finland’s Programs

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As a partner of Team Finland network, Business Finland administrates nearly 20 significant programs and campaigns. With these programs Team Finland network assists hundreds of Finnish companies in their steps to international markets and attracts investments into Finland from around the world.

The National Agency for Education administrates Education Finland program(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) (only in Finnish), that aims at exporting Finnish Education. Finnish education export offering can be found on Education Finland website(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window).

Team Finland team’s services in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam

Finnish companies have traditionally come to Malaysia due to its permissive environment regarding regulations, logistical location, reasonable labour costs and stability. In global competitiveness rankings Malaysia is a match for the world's best. There are around 50 Finnish companies operational or represented in the country.

With its prestige the Embassy can open new doors for Finnish companies by, for instance, attending meetings between businesses, assisting in contacting local authorities and by providing market information from Malaysia. Embassy also follows trade policies concerning its target country and regions. Economic reports are published in the home pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the embassy. Embassy attends the executive council of MFBC, Malaysia-Finnish Business Council.

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