Multi-sector market visit to the Nordics

18 March 2019 to 22 March 2019

Explore opportunities for your business on this five-day multi-sector market visit to Norway and Finland. Registration is now open for support to join our Scottish delegation

Why the Nordics?

Norway is the ninth easiest country in the world to do business, the fourth largest country in Europe and one of the world’s wealthiest nations per capita.

The Norwegian market is well-established with an educated and technologically advanced society looking for high quality products and services.

Finland has a highly industrialised, largely free market economy with one of the highest per capita GDP in Europe. British quality products are well-received in the market and the UK brand is immediately recognised in Finland.

Benefits for UK businesses exporting to Norway and Finland include:

  • UK brands have a positive reputation
  • English widely used as business language
  • High living standards
  • Stable economy and political environment
  • Open market / business environment with low levels of corruption
  • Finland offers access to wider markets through geographical location (close proximity with Russia and Saint Petersburg area)

Market visit support

We'll support companies attending before, during and after the market visit with the following:

  • Connect with experts and professionals on the ground, including Scottish Development International (SDI) market specialists, business associations, Department for International Trade (DIT), local businesses, accountants, solicitors
  • Provide market research to support delegates to set up one-to-one meetings with potential agents, distributors, clients, buyers, partners while in market
  • Export training prior to the visit to make sure all delegates are market ready and understand the culture, finance, route to market options
  • Financial funding for 50% flights and accommodation (up to £200) for eligible companies
  • Companies are responsible for booking own flights and accommodation. However, we'll suggest flights and hotels so the delegation can travel as a group and stay in the same location.

Note: both locations are optional - companies can join both locations or choose to join one.

Sector opportunities

The market visit will be multi sector; however, the following key sectors have been identified as offering good opportunities


  • Energy (oil & gas and renewables)
  • Technology and engineering
  • Life sciences and healthcare (including pharma services, digital health)
  • Fintech, data science, smart grid, smart cities
  • Quality consumers goods
  • Security
  • Infrastructure


  • Consultancy and advisory services
  • Advanced engineering and design
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Energy (oil & gas and renewables)
  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Food and drink

The programme

* Subject to change *

Monday 18 March - Oslo

  • Arrive in Oslo
  • Informal welcome dinner

Tuesday 19 March - Oslo

  • Oslo market briefing session
  • One to one company meetings
  • Free night or networking reception

Wednesday 20 March - Oslo and Helsinki

  • Site visit or one-to-one company meetings
  • Travel to Helsinki (late afternoon)
  • Informal welcome dinner

Thursday 21 March - Helsinki

  • Helsinki market briefing session
  • Site visit or one to one company meetings
  • Free night or networking reception

Friday 22 March - Helsinki

  • Site visit or one to one company meetings
  • Depart Helsinki / afternoon flight to Scotland

Register your interest

Contact for more information or to request an application form.

Deadline for applications is Monday 28 January 2019.

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