Since the decisions made by Finnvera on financing are bound by the legislation, the same predetermined criteria are used to assess each financing decision.


Finnvera's and its subsidiaries' operations are governed by and organised according to the Limited Liability Companies Act and the Acts pertaining specifically to Finnvera as well as by the industrial and ownership policy goals determined by the State.

In addition to the legislation and the company’s own Articles of Association, Finnvera complies with the recommendations of the Financial Supervisory Authority and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code, whenever applicable. Bank regulation defined in the EU's credit institutions directive is not applied to Finnvera's operations.

Since the decisions made by Finnvera on financing are bound by the legislation, the same predetermined criteria are used to assess each financing decision. These criteria are based on the assessment of the various components of profitability in the enterprise’s business. Acting within this framework, Finnvera applies independent discretion when carrying out its tasks.

Are you unhappy with our decision?

Finnvera’s financing decisions, or the assessment of the credit risk and the profitability of the applicant’s business, are not subject to the right of appeal. However, the client always has the option of applying for financing again.

Furthermore, anyone who suspects that a body discharging public administrative duties, such as Finnvera, has acted unlawfully or has not fulfilled its duties is entitled to lodge an administrative complaint in accordance with Chapter 8a of the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint is submitted in writing to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, which supervises Finnvera’s activities. In its decision, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment may draw Finnvera's attention to the requirements of good governance or may inform of the Ministry’s understanding of the lawful procedure.

Any suspicions of malpractice or breach of operating principles can also be confidentially brought to the knowledge of Finnvera’s Risk Management via whistleblowing channel.

State aid rules

As a publicly owned financing company, Finnvera must comply with EU state aid regulations when providing financing services.

Finnvera does not grant direct support or grants to companies, but Finnvera’s financing includes so-called imputed state aid. If the price or terms of Finnvera’s financing are below the EU’s market price level, the price difference is considered imputed aid.

  • The imputed aid included in Finnvera’s financing is primarily provided as so-called de minimis aid. A company may receive a maximum of EUR 300,000 in de minimis aid from different state or municipal actors over a three-year period. For the fisheries sector, the maximum amount of de minimis aid is EUR 30,000 over a three-year period.
  • If a company has received or is about to receive the maximum amount of aid, or if the company is a company in difficulty in accordance with the De minimis Regulation, it may be prevented from receiving the aid or the aid may require a higher financing price, i.e. so-called pricing without including aid.
  • The maximum level of de minimis aid is monitored at the so-called single undertaking level defined in the Regulation.  The company is responsible for ensuring that the maximum amount of de minimis aid paid by different parties is not exceeded. If the maximum amount is exceeded, the aid may be recovered in full and with interest.
  • Finnvera’s financing for investments may include project-specific investment and employment aid granted by the EU to SMEs (so-called SME aid).

In connection with each financing decision, Finnvera checks whether the financing can include imputed State aid or not and selects a form of aid that may be suitable for the case.

However, due to state aid regulation, export guarantees must always be priced in a way that they do not include any aid.

Confidentiality of operations

Finnvera is committed to confidentiality in its operations. This is how confidentiality is respected regarding client and insider information as well as data protection and information security. 

Preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism

In its financing operations, Finnvera complies with practices against money laundering and the financing of terrorism by utilising the client identification and KYC (Know Your Customer) obligations recommended by the Financial Supervisory Authority, where applicable.

The KYC obligations include verifying the identity of the client, the person acting on behalf of the client and the actual beneficiaries of the client, collecting data on the purpose and nature of the intended client relationship and storing client information. In addition, customer relationship involving a high risk of money laundering or terrorist financing require extended control measures and additional documentation.

The objective is to ensure that no funds obtained from illegal sources are transmitted to a financing system through Finnvera and that no obtained funding is used to finance terrorism or other illegal operations. Finnvera also aims to ensure its compliance with international sanctions by utilising the KYC obligations.

Finnvera will primarily request the information it needs to meet customer due diligence obligations from the customer in connection with the application processing and during the customer relationship to update the information. Additionally, Finnvera may supplement and verify the information with information from official sources.

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