The list of Most Interesting Data Economy Solutions showcases Finland’s most insightful data-driven solutions. Check out the most inspiring current examples.

The list includes 24 solutions from companies, research institutes and public actors throughout Finland – from Helsinki to Sodankylä. The solutions are examples of how data can be used to boost business efficiency and transform society.

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In a national pilot environment, companies and the public sector can test data sharing free of charge 


Returning purchase data of K and S Groups’ loyal customers to customers


DigiOne connects fragmented school systems and eases teachers’ workload


Prifina takes consumer data from large corporations and puts it back into the hands of people 


The Reliable Worker service brings job seekers and tenderers together more effectively


Suomisport automates tasks for clubs and federations and produces information about sports


Maths assignments tailored with Eduten’s data improve learning outcomes


Regulatory technology solutions help comply with regulations and free up time and resources for other things 


Telia Crowd Insights provides mobile data on crowd movements to support decision-making 


Rulebook for a Fair Data Economy ensures secure data sharing 


IOXIO and DataSpace Europe provide tools for sharing data to generate new business


Manufacturing experiment proves the benefits of data sharing 


Materialisting helps builders make more sustainable choices of materials


Location Europe – combining location and statistical data from different countries – accelerates the green transition


Finnish satellite data expertise is used to determine the actual emissions of countries and companies


Biocode calculates and visualises the carbon footprint of the food chain


Real-time information shared with the Port Activity App benefits all maritime operators 

Full list of solutions

Biocode – calculates and visualises the carbon footprint of the food chain 

DigiOne – unifies fragmented school systems and reduces teacher workload 

Eduten – data-driven, personalised maths tasks improve learning outcomes in schools 

Fair Data Economy Rulebook – ensures secure data sharing

Finnish Meteorological Institute – satellite monitoring of carbon emissions and the carbon cycle to develop a tool to track countries’ emission reductions 

Geo E3’s Location Europe – pools national geospatial data, meteorological data, and statistical data from different countries on one platform 

IOXIO – provides data sharing tools to generate new business 

K Group’s well-being service – returns purchase data to consumers to aid healthy food purchases  

Materialisting – helps builders make more sustainable material choices 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Virtual Finland project – digital service path for immigrants  

Nordic Smart Government joint experiment – digitally starting a business in another country 

Port Activity app – shares real-time data about ships and ports with maritime operators 

Prifina solution – managing personal health and fitness data in your own data cloud 

Privaon’s cloud service – provides a model and tools to ensure data protection 

Reliable Worker Service – the Vastuu Group’s service enables jobseekers and employers to meet more efficiently

S Group’s My Purchases service – returns purchase data to consumers to aid healthy food purchases 

SIX Mobile Machines cluster – sharing data from industrial batteries between battery manufacturers, users and recyclers 

Smart factory trial – Konecranes, Danfoss, and Fastems’ manufacturing industry trial demonstrated the benefits of data sharing 

Suomisport – automates tasks for sports clubs and associations and produces data for sports research 

Telia Crowd Insights – provides data on people flows to support decision-making 

Traffic Data Ecosystem – Fintraffic promotes the management of traffic and transport 

Tritom data transfer service – companies and research institutes exchange data securely and reliably 

University of Vaasa’s Spacecasting project – uses satellite data to predict business success or assess sustainability

Virtual Finland Testbed – companies and public institutions test data sharing for free on the platform

What is it about?

Better use of data offers new ways of delivering services and doing business. The Most Interesting Data Economy Solutions list is a collection of inspiring examples of how data can be used. It provides a comprehensive overview of the pioneers of the data economy.

The list includes insightful solutions across industries, consumer services and infrastructure solutions that are driving the data economy.

The list includes 24 different data-driven solutions that are presented in the articles.

Sitra selected the solutions for the new list together with an evaluation panel of data economy experts. Nearly 80 solutions applied for the list in an open call organised by Sitra in spring 2023.

Image: Aino Aittasalo / Sitra

What’s on the list?  

Finland has already proven its ability to deliver data-driven innovation. To help spread good examples of data use and inspire other innovators, the list showcases products and services that use data in smart ways.

The shortlisted solutions are divided into three categories:

  1. services for consumers
  2. services for businesses
  3. infrastructure solutions to boost the data economy

These solutions show how the opportunities of the data economy are already being seized upon in business, the public sector, education and research. Data has been used to make business more efficient or to create new ways of doing things.

How were the solutions evaluated?

A panel of experts convened by Sitra evaluated the applications according to the following criteria: 

  • Interesting: The solution is interesting and inspiring in terms of key principles related to data economy thinking and in particular new approaches.
  • Novelty: Data is shared, used and combined in totally new ways. 
  • Impactful: The solution improves business efficiency, boosts productivity or well-being or has a positive impact on nature. 
  • Scalability: The solution can be scaled up either by expanding or replicating it. 
  • Fair data economy compliant: where applicable, the solution reflects the trustworthiness, accessibility, human-centricity, value creation, skills development or sharing of data use. Read more about the principles of the fair data economy.  

The list of the Most Interesting Data Economy Solutions is part of Finland’s national Roadmap for a Fair Data Economy, which shows the way for actions that enhance well-being, the green transition and competitiveness.  

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Sitra is looking for pioneering solutions for a new list of the Most Interesting Data Economy Solutions – apply now!


Call for Solutions: Most Interesting Data Economy Solutions


Laura Halenius
Project Director, Competitiveness through data
Emma-Leena Kemppainen
Specialist, Competitiveness through data
Tarmo Toikkanen
Senior Lead, Competitiveness through data
Johanna Kippo
Specialist, Communications and Public Affairs

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