The SUBMARINER Network in Finland

Blue bioeconomy is one of the key projects of the Finland’s previous Prime Minister Juha Sipilä´s Government programme for the 2025. Blue bioeconomy in Finland is defined as business that is based on the sustainable use of renewable aquatic resources and water expertise. Good status of waters is the foundation of a successful blue bioeconomy and achieving and maintaining this supports the development and marketing of blue bioeconomy products and services. Key sectors are water expertise and technology, tourism, making use of aquatic biomass and the value chain of fisheries. Digitalization is largely used in new processes. Biotechnology is also important in Finland, but most of it is not based on aquatic resources. Overall bioeconomy in Finland is mostly concentrated on forestry and agriculture (bioenergy, novel food products, new biodegradable materials, circular economy).

Lead Ministry: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 

The Blue Bioeconomy in Finland 

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)

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

Kärntener Str. 20
DE–10827 Berlin



This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.