European Union eases Schengen visa procedures for Chinese travellers

Published Fri / October 31 / 2014

Beijing – 27 October 2014

As of today, applying for a Schengen visa in China will be easier, as certain categories of Chinese travellers will be exempted from producing proof of hotel reservations and flight tickets when submitting their application. This facilitation will apply to applicants travelling for business visits or short professional training, to attend cultural or sports events or to visit family or friends. For the time being it will not apply to those travelling for the purpose of tourism.

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OECD:n toimintaohjeet monikansallisille yrityksille

Published Thu / April 10 / 2014

Tervehdys Suomen Shanghain pääkonsulaatista.

Toimitamme ohessa tiedoksenne OECD:n päivitetyt toimintaohjeet monikansallisille yrityksille. Ohjeet sisältävät suosituksia monikansallisille yrityksille, jotka toimivat toimintaohjeet hyväksyneissä valtioissa tai niistä käsin. Ohjeissa esitetään vapaaehtoisuuteen perustuvat periaatteet ja normit vastuulliselle liiketoiminnalle kansainvälisessä ympäristössä. Toimintaohjeet ovat ainoa vastuullista liiketoimintatapaa koskeva monenvälisesti sovittu, kattava säännöstö, jota valtiot ovat sitoutuneet edistämään. Toimintaohjeiden suositukset ilmaisevat niiden valtioiden yhteisiä arvoja, joista on peräisin merkittävä osa suoria kansainvälisiä investointeja ja joissa sijaitsevat useat suuret monikansalliset yritykset. Toimintaohjeiden tavoitteena on edistää yritysten panosta taloudellisen, ekologisen ja sosiaalisen kehityksen puolesta kaikkialla maailmassa.

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OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Published Thu / April 10 / 2014

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (please see the attachment) are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises operating in or from adhering countries. They provide non-binding principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a global context consistent with applicable laws  and internationally recognized standards. The Guidelines are the only multilaterally agreed and comprehensive code of responsible business conduct that governments have committed to promoting.

The Guidelines' recommendations express the shared values of the governments of countries from which a large share of international direct investment originates and which are home to many of the largest multinational enterprises. The Guidelines aim to promote positive contributions by enterprises to economic, environmental and social progress worldwide. The Guidelines are supported by a unique implementation mechanism of National Contact Points (NCPs), agencies established by adhering governments to promote and implement the Guidelines. The NCPs assist enterprises and their stakeholders to take appropriate measures to further the implementation of the Guidelines. They also provide a mediation and conciliation platform for  resolving practical issues that may arise.

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Report by The Finnish Patent Office: Intellectual Property Protection in China

Published Fri / December 20 / 2013


The Finnish Patent Office has conducted a general research study concerning the IPR-system of China.

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Participate in the internationalisation and trade barrier survey

Published Mon / September 3 / 2012

Internationalisation and trade barrier survey to identify challenges facing Finnish companies in import and export

Does your company have internationalisation plans? Have you already selected your markets? Has your company encountered barriers related to the import and export of goods, services or investments? Do licensing and certification requirements differ for domestic companies as compared to your company? Does public procurement favour domestic companies?

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Focus 2012 now available in Chinese

Published Tue / April 10 / 2012

FocusFocus 2012 is now available in Chinese at the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai!

Focus on the Economy and Technology magazine has released its 10th issue. The aim of the magazine is to showcase Finland and Finnish know-how at key international markets. This year’s issue, Focus 2012, concentrates on Finnish design, start-up entrepreneurship and natural resource economy sectors.

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The Embassy of Finland informs - a renewed Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Invested Industries enters into force

Published Mon / January 30 / 2012

The Chinese government has published an updated version of the  “Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Invested Industries”. The new catalogue entered into force on January 30th, 2012 and it replaced the catalogue issued in 2007. In the new catalogue, as before, industry sectors are categorized as “encouraged”, “restricted” or “prohibited” when it comes to foreign investment. However there are changes within these categories, some new industries have been added and some removed.

Please find the new catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Invested Industries in Chinese (外商投资产业指导目录 (2011年修订)) at .

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The Embassy of Finland informs - Finland proposes negotiations on social security agreement to China

Published Tue / December 13 / 2011

The Finnish government has proposed to the Chinese government that Finland and China enter into negotiations to conclude a bilateral agreement on social security. The proposal was made on the initiative of the competent Finnish authority, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Finnish companies operating in China have expressed their wish for such an agreement to be negotiated.

The agreement to be negotiated would aim to ensure that both employees seconded from Finland to China and employees seconded from China to Finland would be exempted from the old age pension fees of the country to which they are seconded to work. They would thus avoid paying duplicate contributions and their pension security would remain in the country from which they are seconded.

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