Finland is one of the northernmost countries in Europe and covers around 338,000km2, of which 10% is water. The population is estimated at 5.4 million in 2012.
The Finnish market for medical devices is predicted to increase by 5.2% per annum to attain a value of US$1,356.5 million by 2017. The current market size is estimated to be US$1,054.2 million, equal to US$196 per capita.
For 2011, imports totalled US$902.2 million and exports US$1,469.5 million, maintaining Finland's positive balance of trade. Exports of dental products, the largest category, were up 12.8% to US$355.8 million. Dental X-ray apparatus, a particular strength, increased 14.2% to US$225.3 million.
The size of the Norwegian medical device market was estimated to be US$1.1 billion in 2012, equal to US$229 per capita. The market is expected to grow by a CAGR of 3.9% to reach US$1.4 billion by 2017, equal to US$270 per capita. Due to the small scale of domestic production, any increases in market demand are likely to be met by imports. In 2011, imports increased by 9.3% to US$1,029.4 million. Norway has a stable, affluent economy but was nevertheless affected by the global economic downturn. Real GDP fell by 1.7% in 2009, according to figures from BMI, but it recovered in 2010 and is due to grow at an average 2.3% per annum between 2013 and 2017. Healthcare expenditure has continued its steady gr
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