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

In the accordance with the Finnish Government’s recommendations, Finnish Heritage Agency’s Picture Collections will re-open on June 2, 2020. Material request forms will be available on the website from May 18, 2020. A limited number of research workspaces will be available for customers. Follow the guidance on hygiene and social distancing in all activities to protect youself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19). There may be temporary delays and limitations in the services.

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

Journalistic Picture 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

The Finnish Heritage Agency has made over 250,000 low-resolution images available under the CC BY 4.0 licence in the Finna service. If you are satisfied with the technical aspects of the image files (long side 1200 px), you may download the images directly from the service for free and use them according to the licence text.

For high-resolution images we charge a recording and usage fee based on our tariff. You can study and purchase digitised high-resolution images via the kuvakokoelmat.fi web service. Please note that the images and their information has not been updated since January 1, 2019. Information in the Finna service is up to date.

Pictures of the Press Photo Archive JOKA can be found in joka.kuvakokoelmat.fi web service.

If you cannot find the image you are looking for there, you can order it from our customer service.

You can view the pictures in the Picture Collections at the customer service premises of the Finnish Heritage Agency by requesting them for viewing in advance. Requests are made online using a material order form. You can use the same form to request materials from the archives to be consulted at the customer service premises.

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 no limitations exist, you can order a digital or paper copy of the picture and publication rights to it, if desired.

The Picture Collections also provide advice on storing pictures.