European cooperation

European Space Agency ESA

Finnish space activities are based on national space strategy and conducted through European Space Agency's (ESA) programmes, national programmes and bilateral international agreements. Finland became an Associate Member State of ESA in 1987 and a full Member in 1995.

The Finnish focus of space activities is on earth observation, navigation and science. An important goal is to enlarge the use of space technology in other business sectors through technology transfer.

Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation is responsible for coordinating and financing the Finnish participation in ESA. Tekes and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment fund Finland's ESA membership and participation to ESA programmes annually with EUR 20 million.

Tekes has the primary responsibility for funding of scientific instruments that are developed in national projects for ESA programmes and for bilateral projects.

Contact us

Mr. Kimmo Kanto
Director, Large companies and public organisations
kimmo.kanto (at)
Tel: +358 2950 55852

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Space Finland, The Finnish Space Portal presents Finnish space policy and gives an overview of space activities in Finland.


Image: ESA (Planck)