Natural Stone Research in Finland

Research institutions and programs

Stone Research and Development institutions

Research relevant for the natural stone industry is carried out at the Geological Survey of Finland, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and in some Universities.

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

As a government agency operating primarily within the minerals, construction and energy sector, GTK plays a vital role in providing geological expertise to government, industry and the wider community. Find more about Research Programmes of GTK

VTT Technical Research Centre

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multitechnological contract research organization.

Construction material analytics and characteristics.

Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Education

Research on building stones, and related research, is conducted in e.g.

Aalto University, School of Science and Technology

University of Oulu

Åbo Akademi

Tampere University of Technology


The following polytechnics offer research services for companies in the stone field:

Karelia University of Applied Sciences
– e.g. testing and design services

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
– e.g. mining development projects

Development companies

Kainuun Etu Oy is municipality-owned regional development company in Kainuu

Josek Oy is municipality-owned regional development company in North Karelia

Research projects

Stone – The technology and development programme for stone industry 1999-2002, ask more: Finnish Natural Stone Association
Pnastina-project, Promotion of Natural Stone Industry in the Northern Areas
Safequ -project, Animations for the training of quarrying safety