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Practical information for foreign journalists in Finland

Photo MFA 2010We have listed some useful links to help foreign journalists to find some practical information about Finland, journalistic work in Finland, and Finnish news in English.


General Information about Finland


Things you should and shoudn´t know

ThisisFINLAND is a window to Finnish culture, people and the country as a whole. The webpage contains news articles, practical info, photo gallery, blogs and even Helsinki weather forecast and Finnish language lessons.


Finland as a toursit destination

Visit Finland is the website by Finnish Tourist Board. Here you can find answers to the questions why Finland is credible, contrasting, creative and cool.


Statistics about Finland

Data collected from a wide range of issues. Find statistics for example about agriculture, education, elections, labour market, population and trade.


President of the Republic of Finland

Official website of the President of the Republic of Finland.


Parliament of Finland

This website offers facts and news about the parliament, list of present and past MPs as well as coverage on parliamentary groups. On the webpage one can also find information about visiting the parliament as a journalist.


Finnish Government

This website offers facts e.g. about the Finnish Government, current issues, ministries and the history of government.


Public Services in Finland

Suomi.fi portal offers information useful for everyday life in Finland, regardless of your area of residence.

Helsinki Wlan Hotspots

In Helsinki WLAN hotspots you will find wlan (WiFi) hotspots in Helsinki region


Journalistic work in Finland


Finnish Media landscape

Thorough article about Finnish media field, covers everything from written press to recent media developments. See also a list media resources at the end of the article.


Ministry of Transport and Communications

Information about Finland’s communications policy, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, privacy protection, licenses, statistics and self-regulation of media. 


Government Media Service

The Government media service is a web service for media. The media service shows the entire content of the Government’s public website. In addition, the pages include press releases, invitations and contact data intended only for the registered users of the service representing the media, as well as information on events organised for the media.


Union of Journalists in Finland

Finnish Union of Journalists is an independent trade union with over 15,500 members working in journalistic professions. From the website one can find information for example about freedom of speech, media ethics and journalist’s copyrights.


Finnish Newspapers Association

Information about Finnish newspapers and a list of all online newspapers in Finland.


Council for Mass Media in Finland

The Council for Mass Media is a self-regulating committee that defends freedom of speech and interprets good journalistic practices. Under section Guidelines for Journalists there is a detailed explanation of ethics and rights of a journalist.


Filming in Finland and free material banks


Filming in Finland

No permit is required for filming in public places.Filming on private property requires a permit either from the owner or from city authorities. A permit from the police is needed if the filming requires special traffic arrangements (i.e. re-routing or stopping traffic). Filming of works (objects) protected by copyright law requires the consent of the copyright owner unless the works are publicly accessible and not the main focus of filming.


Finnish Film Foundation 

The Finnish Film Foundation´s task is to support and develop Finnish film production, distribution and exhibition. The Finnish Film Foundation is an independent foundation which is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Culture


Film Finland

The page contains general information about filming in Finland as well as a list of regional contacts. For exotic locations see for example Lapland and North Finland Film Commission.


Filming permits in Helsinki

Media representatives can film public places and events in Helsinki for editorial purposes without a permit.

Free material of Finland

These material banks offer professional photographs and promotional videos of Helsinki and Finland. Access to both sites requires a simple registration.


News from Finland in English


NewsRoom Finland

News page maintained by thisisFINLAND.


YLE News

News by Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE


Helsinki Times 

Helsinki Times is a weekly newspaper which provides news and information about Finland in English.

Finland Times

Finland Times is a daily online English newspaper providing news and information about Finland.

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