Helsinki is home to many of Finland’s main archives.
The City of Helsinki Urban Facts, the central City institution for diverse information on Helsinki, houses and maintains Helsinki’s central archives, the City Archives.
The City Archives maintains documents to be stored on permanent basis. The oldest document dates back to 1569. In all, the collections fill 12 kilometres of shelves. Customers are welcome to study materials and can be assisted by the staff as necessary.
Urban Facts includes the Unit for Statistics and Information Services. This unit maintains and develops databases, produces basic statistics, projections and thematic statistics, provides information services and draws up comparisons between cities.
Helsinki City Museum maintains a photo archive, consisting of old photos of Helsinki. Customers can browse the materials in the archives’ visitor room and obtain copies for a fee.
The Finnish National Archives Service preserves records belonging to Finnish cultural heritage. The Service comprises the National Archives and seven Provincial Archives. The records occupy over 170 kilometres of shelves.
The Finnish National Archives Service includes Finland’s military archives.
The National Audiovisual Archive (site in Finnish) seeks to preserve copies of all foreign films distributed in Finland and subtitled in Finnish. (Finnish law mandates filmmakers and producers to retain the master copies of films produced in Finland and related materials.)
Statistics Finland produces the vast majority of Finnish official statistics. The authority compiles statistics and reports on social phenomena revealed by the statistics. The statistics are grouped under topics. In addition to topic, the statistical information can be browsed by alphabet and producer. The authority operates an information service.