Nationally significant built cultural environments

Various sites located around the country provide a diverse description of the developments in the field of construction during different time periods. The number of nationally significant built cultural environments is already over 1200.

A Government decision

Based on a Government decision, the inventory of the built cultural environment conducted by the Finnish Heritage Agency has been included among the national land-use objective inventories defined in the Land-Use and Building Act. The inventory sites must form the foundation for the land-use planning.

The inventory created through cooperation can be found online

The Finnish Heritage Agency prepared the inventory by consulting municipalities, regional environment centres, regional museums and the Regional Councils. The inventory and the related additional information and links have been published online at www.rky.fi (in Finnish). 

The built cultural environments in the land use plans and permit process

The aim is to protect the structure and village or town image of the nationally significant built cultural environments and to preserve the existing buildings and environments in these areas. Furthermore, the aim is to adjust any new constructions and other alterations to the special characteristics and features of their cultural environment. The scope and content of the preservation and alterations are determined by land use plans on all levels. 

The distribution of duties among the cultural environment authorities at the built cultural environment sites

The regional museums and the Cultural Environment Services of the Finnish Heritage Agency manage the expert and administrative duties pertaining to the built cultural environment sites, based on the cooperation agreements.