OPINION
The number of foreign businesses in Finland increased from 2015 to 2016, which is a positive outcome and hopefully a continuing trend. US were in the top 5 most significant countries investing in Finland, on a steady 4th place with 26 new companies during 2016 (1) . The t otal bilateral mer chandise  trade (export s+imports between Finland and Florida has also showed a steady path in growing, with a total of increase of 28.1% from 2014-2016. These are very good news, and we strive to encourage and foster future interest and commercial relations between Finland and the United States. (2)

I also want to thank all the participants who joined our 
Polo Sunday  event on April 9th, the event was
once again a huge success, thanks to all of you. Let's keep it up!
Happy Easter everyone! 

Yours truly,
Esa Jokela
FACC President

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS



Join us and the FinnsConnect South Florida for a traditional May 1st celebration, Vappu! The event day i s on April 30th from 1pm-5pm, at C.B Smith Park in Pembroke Pines (shelter 6). Bring your own picnic basket and celebrate Vappu with other Finns and friends. The event is open for the entire family, family friendly with lots of activities for kids. 

Members: Free
Non-Members: $5 Adults, Kids for Free
PREVIOUS EVENTS

Polo Event April 9th - check the event turnout and pictures
here 



2. Data Source:  WISER Trade; U.S. Department of Comme rce, Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division

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