From the point of view of Finland, the Baltic countries form not only an important export and production area but also a significant transportation route. Freight and passenger traffic between Finland and the Baltic countries has increased fast during the past decade, while new energy and data networks have also emerged. These increasingly dense connections require investments on cross-border infrastructure. On the other hand, recent changes in the security policy situation have created new uncertainties in the Baltic Sea region.

This report examines the significance of the connections to and through the Baltic countries for Finnish security of supply. It charts critical connections in various sectors and traces their relevance for civil preparedness and social resilience in Finland. To support the analysis, the report also aims to specify the conceptual framework of security of supply from the point of view of global flows.

Emma Hakala
Visiting Senior Fellow - Global Security research programme
Harri Mikkola
Leading Researcher - Finnish Foreign and Security Policy project; Senior Research Fellow - Global Security research programme
Juha  Käpylä
Juha Käpylä
Matti Pesu
Senior Research Fellow - The European Union research programme
Mika Aaltola
Director; Editor in chief, Ulkopolitiikka (Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs)