In the recent decades, Finland has emerged as a hotspot for apparel manufacturing. The country mainly exports men’s suits, knitted women’s suits, activewear, overcoats, babies’ garments, t-shirts, pullovers, and other clothing products. In 2019, they exported clothing worth 326 million Euros to other countries. The clothing industry employs approximately 2000 people in Finland.
However, a majority of clothing products produced in Finland are sold locally. In 2019, the total value of clothing sold in Finland amounted to 2706 million Euros. Although the Finnish clothing manufacturing industry is globally competitive, most clothing manufacturers are small-size and medium-size companies.
Some of the apparel that is mostly produced in Finland include women’s suits, women’s overcoats, men’s suits, men’s overcoats, t-shirts, activewear, coats & jackets, knitwear, sportswear, ethnic wear, designer clothing, baby & children, swimwear, nightwear, uniforms & workwear, leather, and fur clothing.
In 2012 and 2013, most production lines were laid off due to high production costs but they have made a comeback as the Finnish government strives to lower production costs.
Most clothing manufacturers in Finland are located in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Oulu, and Espoo. These companies specialize in the production of a wide range of clothing products. In nearly every city, you’ll find at least one manufacturer that produces a range of clothing products. However, some manufacturers prefer to handle the design part of clothing products and carry out the production in southern Europe and the Far East.
Sustainability is at the center of clothing production in Finland. Manufacturers are utilizing new technologies to create sustainable clothing products in Finland.
Although the cost of production is still higher compared to other European countries, Finland offers several advantages that clothing manufactures can leverage. For example, Finland has modern equipment for making clothes, skilled labor, modern infrastructure, fair business regulations, and limited entry barriers.