Prevention is everyone’s responsibility We shed light on combatting the shadow economy

Short lifecycle companies are used as shadow economy tools ›

10.6.2024 Tax Administration 

According to a recent report, roughly a third of companies with a short lifecycle carry a high shadow economy risk. Short lifecycle companies were not engaged in any external business activities, as their only purpose was to forward funds, enabling unfounded tax benefits for other companies in the same arrangement.  

New ways of working have changed supervision ›


In labour markets, the shift away from employment relationships to various forms of entrepreneurship is still intensifying, while abuse associated with these new ways of working have increased. The information is based on the results of a survey by the authorities combatting the shadow economy at the beginning of 2024 to observe changes in the operating environment. 

Good results obtained from the ending Action Plan ›


In 2020–2023, more than 50 projects tackling the shadow economy and economic crime were carried out in Finland. They succeeded in preventing abuses, promoting healthy competition between companies and supporting a fair labour market by improving the transparency and openness of business activities, for example. 

The big picture of the grey economy and economic crime

The website on the grey economy and economic crime provides summarised information on the grey economy and economic crime in Finland. The website is maintained through the cooperation of the authorities engaged in combating the grey economy. Further information on the authorities is available under the section About this website.

The website will support the decision-making of authorities and political decision-makers. The information it provides will enhance society’s capabilities to react rapidly to the phenomena and harm associated with the grey economy and economic crime. In addition, the website will provide companies and citizens with information on how to act or protect themselves against such harm.

The big picture is a combination of various aspects

The website provides an overview of the topical phenomena of the grey economy and economic crime comprising the observations of a number of different authorities. In addition, the website offers both domestic and international estimates on the scope and amount of the grey economy and economic crime. The website also provides information on the impact of action taken to prevent the grey economy and economic crime based on the statistics of authorities, including company audits and their results. The website also follows the progress of various projects included in the operational programme concerning the grey economy and economic crime.