How much further foreign expansion do you predict? What role will Germany play?
Becker: Finnish companies have recently expanded more and more abroad. Even in 2020. And Germany has been the top market recently. Because of the size of its market and its high demand for technologies in which Finland is considered groundbreaking, Germany will play a major role.
Which sectors did the companies you’ve recently helped come from?
Feller: Finland’s advantage in digitalization has made itself felt with the companies we have helped to expand into Germany. In recent years, these have primarily been firms working in software, artificial intelligence and analytics.
How do the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce (AHK Finland) and GTAI cooperate in Helsinki?
Feller: Since I started here in 2015, our work together has been completely and pragmatically oriented toward our common goal of promoting the economies of both countries. We complement one another with our expertise. In terms of Finnish exports to Germany , an impressive 80 percent come from our member companies. This represents a valuable pool of contacts for promoting trade.
Becker: We work in close cooperation and actively include one another in various projects.