Are you thinking of finding a job in Finland? If you are, then you need to know that Finland is a highly industrialized nation with majority of its workforce in the services sector. Although Statistics Finland reports that the country recorded an unemployed rate of 11.8 percent in May 2015 -- an increase from previous months – you still stand a good chance of landing a job, especially if you focus your search on the largest Finnish employers. Read on to find out which ones they are.
Nokia is a multinational telecommunications company with listings in both the Helsinki Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Headquartered in Espoo, Nokia provides a range of technology, network infrastructure and software services. It has market value of $28.6 billion and a workforce of 61,656 employees.
Kone is an international engineering and services company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki. It is one of the largest manufacturers of escalators and elevators worldwide. Kone also provides maintenance services and modernization solutions. The $24 billion-valued company has about 47,064 employees.
3. Stora Enso
Helsinki-based Stora Enso’s is one of the world’s largest pulp and paper manufacturers in terms of production capacity. It manufactures and markets newsprint, book paper, fine paper and magazine paper among other wood products. With a market value of $8.5 billion and 27,200, employees, Stora Enso clearly has what it takes to be among the top 10 largest employers in Finland.
4. UPM-Kymmene Corporation
UPM operates in the manufacturing industry, where it produces and sells printing and writing papers and biofuels. Although the $10.7 billion-valued company has operations in over 13 countries, its corporate headquarters are in Helsinki. UPM enjoys the services of about 20,414 employees.
If you would love to work in the retail industry, Kesko may just be the perfect employer for you. Headquartered in Helsinki, the company sells a broad assortment of goods through its Kesko and K-stores. It has a market value of $4.4 billion and a workforce of 19,976 employees.
6. Wärtsilä Oyj
Love working with engines? If you do, Wärtsilä Oyj should be your target company. With a market value of $9.1 billion and 17,717, employees the company has what it takes to be your perfect employer. The Helsinki-based manufacturer mainly engineers and services marine propulsion engines.
Fortum generates, distributes and sells electricity and heat. It operates a number of power plants in Finland and neighboring countries and enjoys the services of about 8,500 employees. Fortum’s current market value stands at $17.7 billion.
8. Sampo Group
Headquartered in Helsinki, Sampo Group is an insurance-services provider with operations in Finland and beyond. The insurance carrier has a market value of $29.4 billion and a staff of about 6,723 employees.
9. Neste Oil
If you want to work in the Finnish oil and gas industry, then you can join a community of 4,989 employees at Neste Oil. The company, which refines oil and supplies a range of petroleum products, is headquartered in Espoo and has a market value of $6.8 billion.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Fiskars develops tools that empower people at home, as well as in the office, garden and classroom. With a market value of $1.6 billion and 4,832 employees to support it operations, Fiskars has what it takes to rank as a top 10 employer in Finland.
Undoubtedly, you now have a clearer picture of some of Finland’s largest employers. If you wish to expand your job search to enhance your chances of finding employment, you can try other fairly large employers such as Metso, Finnair and Teboil.
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