Spain is a parliamentary monarchy rich in political, social and cultural influences. Spain consists of 17 autonomous regions with a total of 46.6 million inhabitants. Close ties linking Spain with Latin America and the vicinity of North Africa make Spain a gateway to those regions.  Services is the main contributor to the Spanish economy followed by manufacturing. Spain is a major global producer of wind power, second only to Germany.

Spain is much more than a global tourist destination.  It is a dynamic business market providing infinite opportunities for SMEs wishing to develop business there.  The Spanish are curious, open-minded and willing to listen and collaborate with overseas suppliers. Besides opportunities across the board within defined industry/service sectors, the Spanish are particularly receptive to anything related to advanced technologies and innovation.

The motivation of doing business in Spain by Finnish companies is sometimes driven by the willingness or the likeability of wishing to do business in Spain.  Finns have a strong affinity towards Spain as a tourist destination. A number of Finnish people even choose to reside there. Finnish SME companies also view Spain as a more challenging market area to consider than some of their more traditional export markets.

The Consultant in Spain has been very active in assisting Finnish SME companies develop business opportunities across defined industries (including both manufacturing and service related sectors). Having started in 2004, the Consultant has proven over the years that the Spanish market is indeed a lucrative and viable market to consider.

Isabel Wilkins

Business Consultant
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