The Picture Collections

The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency are a part of Finland’s national cultural heritage managed by the Finnish Heritage Agency. They are a way to show the past and create interpretations of history. The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency record, care for, and study cultural and historical, ethnological, architectural historical and journalistic picture materials and make them available for public use.

The Picture Collections record and tell stories of the history and cultures of the area of Finland and the people who live and have lived here, the built environment, and the Finno-Ugric cultures, as well as the cultures of areas outside Finland through documentation by Finnish researchers and explorers. The collections include the extensive collections of the Press Photo Archive (JOKA), which include news and entertainment images from newspapers over the past decades. The collections include a total of approximately 22 million pictures created with different techniques, dating from the 1500s to the present.

The Picture Collections are a part of the Archives and Information Services department of the Finnish Heritage Agency.