Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Finland and Germany have common interests in many fields of . In view of the forthcoming decisions which will help to determine the future direction of the European Union, I wish to engage in early coordination with this important member of the eurozone. Finland will hold the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2019. That will be a key period in view of the decisions to be taken at that time.”
Germany and Finland have close economic ties; their relations are traditionally friendly and diverse. Germany is Finland’s most important trading partner. Finland ranks 25th amongst Germany’s leading trading partners. The volume of trade amounted to €19.25 billion in 2017. Finland benefits greatly from investments by .