Finland exported weapons and military products worth €205 million to other countries during 2018. That’s up slightly from the year before but well below a bumper year for arms exports in 2013 and 2014 when sales hit almost €300 million.
Around €128 million of the total amount comes from the sale of military equipment; while another €77 million comes from the export of civilian weapons mainly for hunting and sport shooting purposes.
Which countries have the most weapons sales?
In terms of overall arms exports in 2018, the number one country in 2018 was Poland, with sales worth almost €25.5 million – mostly military.
Next comes the USA with close to €24.5 million sales but most of that is for civilian arms; while Sweden is third on the list at €21.6 million.
When it comes to military sales alone, the top countries for Finnish exports are Poland, Turkey, Sweden, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Arms sales blocked to some countries
In autumn 2018 the Finnish government reversed a previous police and decided to stop any future export licenses for military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
This year, the government decided to prohibit any new arms sales to Turkey after its invasion of Kurdish areas in northern Syria. In 2018 military arms sales to Turkey were worth almost €17 million.
But banning new military sales doesn’t necessarily stop the flow of weapons or vehicles to those countries.
“In the Turkey case, Finland has decided not to grant new licenses but the old licenses that have ben granted earlier are still in force so companies can export using them explains Kari Paasonen from SaferGlobe who compiled the new report.
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