A research room for the use of the customers of the Finnish Heritage Agency on Sturenkatu, Helsinki (cropped image), Soile Tirilä / Finnish Heritage Agency

Customer service

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the researchers’ hall and research rooms of the picture collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency are closed from 30 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. There may be delays and restrictions in our customer service.

The Picture Collections

Tel. +358 295 33 6100
The customer service:
open Tue-Thu 10-16
closed on Mondays and Fridays and in July.
The visiting address: Sturenkatu 2a, Helsinki, Finland

Press Photo Archive JOKA

Tel. +358 295 33 6127
The customer service:
open Tue-Thu 10-15
closed on Mondays and Fridays and in July.
The visiting address:
Collections and Conservation Centre
Kanervikkotie 4, 01380 Vantaa, Finland

Finnish Heritage Agency has released more than 200,000 print-quality pictures for public use

The Finnish Heritage Agency has published more than 200,000 pictures from its collections as print-quality image files for anyone to use via the Finna online service of museums, archives and libraries. The Finnish Heritage Agency has also opened its dedicated Finna view, museovirasto.finna.fi, from where the images can be downloaded free of charge.

Images of the Press Photo Archive JOKA can be found at the address museovirasto.finna.fi/joka.

The majority of the print-quality, high-resolution images is published under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 licence. Images marked with this licence can be freely downloaded and used when mentioning the name of the photographer or author and the owner of the collection. The licence of a small number of images further restricts their use. If an image contains living persons, their permission must be requested for the image to be used for marketing and advertising purposes. When using the photos, please adhere to the photo-specific licence, user instructions and good practice.

Only a small share of the 18 million pictures in the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency has been digitised and released online so far. New images are constantly being added to the service. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our customer service. Pictures ordered through the customer service are charged according to our price list.

You can also study images from the Picture Collections in the researchers’ hall of the Finnish Heritage Agency by requesting the images two weeks in advance. Requests are made online using the material order form. You can also use the form to request materials from the archives. If the delivery time exceeds two weeks or the material cannot be delivered, you will be notified accordingly.

The condition of the original picture, its copyright and issues related to the protection of personal data may limit access to and use of the picture. If there are no limitations, you can order a digital copy of the picture and a publication right for it.

The Picture Collections also provide advice on storing pictures.