Information about Yrittäjät
Suomen Yrittäjät is an interest and service organization for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from all fields around entire Finland and their owners. As Finland’s largest organization, representing 115,000 enterprises, we work every day to support free entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur-friendly society.
Yrittäjät helps entrepreneurs, improve the position of entrepreneurs and the conditions for entrepreneurship in Finland and Europe. The organization strengthens entrepreneurship, acts on behalf of entrepreneurs and establishes networks for entrepreneurs both nationwide, regionally and locally in municipalities. Actions taken by Yrittäjät as an organization are guided by our mission, vision and values.
The mission of Yrittäjät is to improve the position of entrepreneurs and the conditions for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship lead the entire Finnish society towards a better future.
We want to make Finland the best country in the world for entrepreneurs and build Yrittäjät into Finland’s most influential business organization.
Yrittäjät base all activities on the basic values of entrepreneurship:
We are improving the position of entrepreneurs proactively and constructively. We are not afraid of criticism, which is often directed at brave reformers.
We base our position and initiatives on facts and take into account the society as a whole.
We offer member entrepreneurs services according to their needs. We are ready to re-evaluate solutions as the operating environment changes.
The organization includes companies from trade, transport, services, industry and contracting sectors. The membership structure corresponds to the Finnish corporate structure. Half of the member companies are sole proprietors and half are employer companies.
History of Suomen Yrittäjät
Suomen Yrittäjät started its operations in January 1996, when the previous organizations, Pienteollisuuden Keskusliitto PTK (the Finnish Confederation of Small Industries), which had been operating since 1898, and Suomen Yrittäjäin Keskusliitto SYKL (the Finnish Confederation of Entrepreneurs), which had been operating since 1933, joined forces to become Suomen Yrittäjät. The decision to establish a new organization was made on 5 September 1995 at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. In honor of that event we now celebrate Entrepreneur’s Day every year on 5th of September.
Enterprises are members of local entrepreneur sociesties or trade associations. Local societies are members of regional associations. Regional associations and trade associations are members of Suomen Yrittäjät. Regional associations, the largest local societies and some trade associations have paid staff.