Finland has expertise in all areas that constitute good water quality.
Find out the strongholds of Finnish Water Expertise!

Finland has come a long way from a poor developing country in the 50’s, to a top runner in all rankings related to environmental status, education, wealth and well-being. Proactive strategies and actions have included long-term goal setting, effective legislation, good governance, broad application of research and cooperation with various stakeholders. As a result from these actions, Finland is also known in the water sector for its efficient and reliable technologies, versatile knowledge on water issues, effective regulation and holistic management. Read more about Finland in statistics >

Many water-related issues around the world could be solved with knowledge based decision-making and improved efficiency. Combining the Finnish water knowledge with our innovative IT expertise yields smart solutions for monitoring and managing our environment. As a result, Finland is among the best in e.g. sustainable water use, environmental healthclimate resilience and air quality.

Finnish Water Expertise
– Comprehensive solutions for global water challenges


Risk management of water supply and sanitation

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In Finland, safety of the drinking water is assured by a comprehensive approach on all risks related to the process. Most significant risks and investment needs of each utility are documented to the same national online platform, which utilities and authorities can then use to benchmark and follow the progress of the whole sector.

Finnish expertise:

  • Comprehensive software for systematical risk assessment and documentation
  • Identification of required actions and investments for more efficient implementation
  • Unified information for follow-up and benchmarking of the progress

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Water utility modernization

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Drinking water quality in Finland is among the best in the world. Achieving the required service level requires efficient operations and advanced technologies. With a comprehensive modernization of the utility and its operations, also full cost recovery and affordable price can be achieved. With long-term cooperation and commitment, Finland modernized the water supply of Saint Petersburg already in the 1990’s. See a video presentation of the collaboration >>>

Finnish expertise:

  • Modern operation and management practices, tools and software
  • Comprehensive planning and implementation practices, tools and software
  • Training, consulting and technologies

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Artificial groundwater for drinking water production

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Artificial groundwater is the main water source of Finnish water utilities. Using surface water to recharge aquifers is a very cost-efficient method for drinking water production, but requires good knowledge on the local conditions and high-level expertise for successful implementation. Finnish actors have wide experience of practical and sustainable solutions.

Finnish expertise:

  • Geological and raw water surveys
  • Feasibility studies, planning & design
  • Measuring and monitoring technologies
  • Construction supervision

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Water resources management and lake restoration

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Key to Finland’s clean waters is the holistic approach on environmental monitoring and decision-making. Most of the acquired information is open data to enable efficient cooperation and boost the creation of innovative solutions. Contamination sources are quickly identified with real-time monitoring and effectively eliminated with supportive regulation. Check out a video on Finland’s water resource management >>>

Finnish expertise:

  • Modelling and planning of suitable restoration methods and practices
  • Monitoring and prevention of external loads (urban, rural, agricultural and industrial wastewater)
  • Baseline information on hydrological conditions and pollution sources

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Flood prevention
natural storm water management

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Flash floods can cause serious damage to whole society, if not controlled efficiently. Flood prevention starts with advanced geological surveys, land use planning and identifying suitable areas for retention and infiltration. In urban areas, also use of evaporation areas and permeable materials might be helpful.

Finnish expertise:

  • Training, consulting, planning & design
  • Monitoring & measurement technologies
  • Policy development
  • Small scale demonstrations for replication and scaling up

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Oil spill risk management – prepared for an effective response

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The Baltic Sea is a vulnerable water body with intense maritime industry and traffic. As a key player in HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission), Finland has gained significant experience and knowledge on both spill risk management and response practices.

Finnish expertise:

  • Comprehensive oil-spill preparedness, response and knowledge
  • Education and training of the personnel
  • Advanced monitoring solutions
  • Treatment of polluted material and oil

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Dam safety – preparedness in long-term

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Finland has a long tradition of construction, control and safety management of dams. Majority of some 500 dams in Finland are built in the 50’s and require serious attention to safety and maintenance. This experience has provided Finnish actors with expertise on preventive measurements, long-term planning and efficient public-private cooperation on dam safety.

Finnish expertise:

  • Preventive measurements, inspections and technologies
  • Dam structures, reservoirs and surrounding areas
  • Watershed and flood hazard studies

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Transboundary waters

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Finland shares significant transboundary waters with its neighboring countries Russia, Sweden and Norway. For example, land border of Finland and Russia is ca. 1 300 kilometers long and has over 800 water bodies with significant amount of hydropower, fishing and navigation. First conventions were established already in 1922 and the cooperation has been successful ever since.

Finnish expertise:

  • Best practices and cooperation models
  • Joint monitoring and development methods
  • Consulting and experience-sharing

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Other Finnish know-how

Water, Energy and Material Efficiency
  • Water recycling and nutrient removal
  • Water treatment and desalination with solar energy
Smart Water – ICT solutions for water
  • Monitoring and measurement, sensor technology
  • Hydro-meteorological services
  • Real time system management, wireless data transfer
Industrial water and wastewater treatment
  • Food industry, mining, forestry, pulp and paper, oil, textile and steel industry
  • Solutions for water quality and water flow monitoring and control
Municipal water and wastewater treatment
  • Process modelling and automation
  • Biological and chemical nutrient removal
  • Network management, reduction of non-revenue water (NRW)
Education and research
  • High-level research by research institutes, universities and applied universities
  • World-class teaching methods and results