Talent Boost

Phase: Anticipation
  • Attracting investors
  • Employment incentive
  • Fostering mobility
  • Support of companies' growth
  • Support of internationalisation
Last modified: 08 July, 2020
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Main characteristics

Talent Boost is a cross-administrative programme designed to promote recruitment of foreign senior specialists, employees, students and researchers. It focuses on attracting international talent who will be instrumental for the growth and internationalisation of Finnish companies, and for their research and development units in leading growth sectors. While the programme targets sectors suffering from a labour shortage, it is open for actors from all sectors. The programme aims to make Finland an attractive country to foreign specialists, students and researchers and their families. In addition, it seeks to encourage Finnish employers to recruit international talent. 

Programme measures include:

  • Shortening the processing period for work-based residence permit applications to 1 month;
  • Determined action to attract and retain international talent, and help their families settle in Finland;
  • Creating a model for international recruitment;
  • Benefiting from international talent in supporting the growth and internationalisation of companies and R&D activities, and in attracting investment;
  • Increasing receptiveness and diversity in the workplace.

At regional level the programme is implemented through Talent Hubs. Since the beginning of 2020, municipalities have been able to apply for Talent Hub financing. Talent Hubs seek to strengthen local networks of relevant stakeholders in order to attract international talent. Talent Hubs is a local service model that seeks to make cooperation between the local actors (e.g. municipality and public employment and business services) more agile in order facilitating recruitment and integration of international talent. 

The project is supported by the Finnish government and aims to improve the availability of skilled labour (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, 2020). 


  • National funds

Involved actors

National government
Strategic coordination: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Education and Culture
Public employment services
Operative level: Public employment and business services (TE-services)
Operative level: Business Finland, universities and universities of applied sciences, cities, Centres for Economic Development, Transport and Environment (ELY Centres)


Talent Boost was launched by the Sipilä government in 2017. The programme has by now attracted numerous specialists from outside Finland into the country. When the programme was launched, it focused on attracting international specialists. 

In 2019, when Prime Minister Rinne and later Prime Minister Marin took office, the programme was revised and relaunched, so it could achieve broader success. The government of Prime Minister Marin expanded the programme which now covers labour migration on a wider scale instead of having a strict focus on international specialists. Therefore, the immigration and integration of international students and researchers in Finland is now an important aspect of the programme. In addition, the local dimension of this programme has been strengthened through developing the local service model Talent Hub (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour, 2020).


Barriers connected to attracting international talent are often complex and cannot be solved by one actor alone. Talent Boost programme brings together different sectors and actors and coordinates cooperation between them in order to make the bureaucratic procedures as efficient as possible and also create ways to recruit highly-skilled employees and facilitate their arrival and settlement in Finland. The programme design takes into consideration suggestions of two working groups that were established by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour in 2018 and 2019. These groups were established to identify key problem areas that hinder higly-skilled workforce from moving to Finland (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour, 2019b).

Confederation of Finnish Industries argues that a programme like Talent Boost is a important step towards a more effective and coordinated system of international recruitment in Finland (Confederation of Finnish Industries, 2018). 


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