About 90 percent of the world trade is transported at sea. 150 countries participate as merchant ship flag states. There are over 50,000 vessels in the world that carry freight or passengers.

Because of its geographical location as an island nation, Finland is particularly leaning strongly towards the maritime sector. About 90 percent of Finland’s exports and 80 percent of its imports are carried via sea. Maritime connections are vital for the Finnish society and economy.

There are approximately 7,000 seafarers working in the Finnish shipping sector.