What we do


East Office of Finnish Industries was founded in spring 2008 by 19 leading Finnish corporations to support the members in the Russian market.

Currently there are 25 equal shareholders, including Aspo, Atria, Cargotec, Fazer Group, Finnair, Fortum, Itella, Kesko, KONE, Konecranes, Metso, Neste Oil, Nokian Tyres, Outokumpu, Paroc, Rautaruukki, Sanoma, SRV, Stockmann, Tikkurila, UPM-Kymmene, Valio, VR Group, Wärtsilä and YIT.

Experts from The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Confederation of Finnish Industries have presence in the Office board.

Primary tasks of East Office

1. Contacts with decision makers

  • Political leadership
  • Public servants
  • Business

2. Understanding Russia

  • Analyses of the economic, social and political development
  • Trainings and briefings

3. Facilitating owners’ cooperation


East Office of Finnish Industries is also a partner in the Business Team for Russia. Five leading Finnish organisations co-operate under the Business Team for Russia to support Finnish business active in Russia. The other participating institutions are the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Finnish Industries, Finland Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Finnish Enterprises.




The Board


Aho, Esko
Executive Chairman of the Board


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Ilkka Salonen
Acting CEO
+358 50 3373569


Silja Salo
Office Manager
+358 50 4203844


Mikko Hietikko
+358 50 5115919


Jari Jumpponen
Head of Representative office
+358 40 5872437


Leysan Aflieva
Executive Secretary, Moscow office
+7 916 9957064