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Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority issued a statement concerning the definition of a management company’s customer pursuant to the jurisdiction’s Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland announced that its supervision and inspections will focus on risk resilience and soundness of governance in 2024, among other priorities.

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Enforcement Actions

The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority decided to withdraw the registration of the Helsinki, Finland-based money remittance service provider for failing to rectify anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing shortcomings.

The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority imposed a €25,000 fine on the Helsinki, Finland-based money remittance service provider for failing to comply with various obligations under the regulations on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.


Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels Finland as a monitored jurisdiction. Finland is not a regional center for money laundering, financial crime, or illegal commerce. The major sources of illegal proceeds in Finland relate to financial crimes, and the majority of investigated suspicious financial activities have an international dimension. The number of organized criminal groups has grown slightly in the past few years, as has the number of their members. Illicit funds are normally laundered through currency exchangers and gaming establishments. The use of virtual currencies and phone transactions have become more common money laundering cases. Terrorism related fundraising is associated with real estate investments, transport of cash, front companies and online shadow financing markets.
  • KYC Covered Entities: Banks; investment firms, management companies, and custodians; the central securities depository and book entry registrars; payment institutions and money transmitters and remitters; insurance companies, local mutual insurance associations, and insurance intermediaries; authorized pension insurance companies; limited liability companies or cooperatives engaged in restricted credit institution activities; tax advisors; apartment rental and real estate agents; auditors, lawyers, notaries, and accountants; trust and company service providers; pawnshops and dealers in high-value goods; casinos and gaming entities
  • STR Covered Entities:  Banks; investment and fund management companies and custodians; the central securities depository and book entry registrars; payment institutions and money transmitters and remitters; insurance companies, local mutual insurance associations, and insurance intermediaries; authorized pension insurance companies; limited liability companies or cooperatives engaged in restricted credit institution activities; tax advisors; apartment rental and real estate agents; auditors, lawyers, notaries, and accountants; trust and company service providers; pawnshops and dealers in high-value goods; casinos and gaming entities
  • Enhanced Due Diligence Procedures for PEPs: Foreign: Yes; Domestic: Yes
  • Money Laundering Criminal Prosecutions/Convictions: Prosecutions: N/A; Convictions: 12 (2014)
Source: 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 9 High : 1
Largely Compliant : 28 Substantial : 3
Partially Compliant : 3 Moderate : 6
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 1

Finland's technical compliance was re-rated in a Oct. 23, 2023 follow-up report.

BASEL i

Rank : 2/110
Score : 3.06/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 3/179
Score : 85/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 87/133
Score : 52/100