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About the Government web service

About the new site
Contents
Functions
Terms of use
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About the new site

The new government website was introduced in January 2015. The new site is part of the government web communications reform which includes the introduction of a shared technical solution for government online publications.

The website of the Prime Minister's Office was opened at the same time. It has been revamped in line with the model for government web communications. Following the same model, the websites of two pilot ministries – the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health – were opened in spring 2015. The website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will be published in summer 2015. Other ministries will adopt the new solution with the next remodelling of their websites.

Contents

The Government web services include the Government website at government.fi and a media service accessible after registration – media.government.fi. The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for the websites and they are maintained by the Government Communications Department located at the Prime Minister's Office.

The latest news from the Government is available on the front page. The front page also provides access to key government reforms, services and other topical issues.

Current issues include press releases by the Government and ministries, information on Government decisions and speeches by the Prime Minister and other ministers.  You can sign up for news by topic to be sent directly to your e-mail.

Press conferences by the Government and Prime Minister and briefings by the other ministries will be webcast live. In the Social Media newsroom you can follow the Government's and ministries' Twitter feeds and access pictures published by the Government Communications Department on Flickr. The Government image bank contains print quality photographs of Government premises and ministers of the Government in office.

Sipilä's Government provides access to the Government Programme, ministers' CVs, their contact details and information on their special advisers. It also contains information on the division of responsibilities between the ministers, their deputies and memberships of ministerial committees. The section also includes information on ministers' pay and allowances, their private interests and work as Members of Parliament.

The section on Government Programme monitoring is currently being built to help in preparing an action plan for the Strategic Programme of Sipilä’s Government, developing financial planning and monitoring the Government Programme.

Decisions pages provide access to the agenda of the next government plenary session and presidential session, summaries of all public decisions and ministries' press releases on key decisions. Starting in summer 2015, documents relating to decisions made by government plenary sessions will be made available under this section. Earlier they could be accessed only through the Government Media Service.

About the Government provides general information about the Government and its history including all Government programmes since Finland’s declaration of independence in 1917. The Governments and ministers since 1917 service, which was updated in spring 2015, provides information on successive governments and ministers. 

At the top of each page, a menu provides access to ministries' websites and the Government Media Service accessible after registration. Links are also provided to a search function, contacts, feedback and a sitemap.

The Government Media Service provides press releases, invitations, material on decisions and contact information for registered media representatives. Information for the media service is produced by all ministries, the Office of the President of the Republic and the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.

Functions

RSS feeds

The Government website makes ministries’ news material available in the form of RSS feeds.

Search

A search function can be accessed via the website header. Advanced search will be made available in early 2015.

The search function returns results by default from the entire website. Quick search returns pages that include all of your search terms in the given language. The Boolean operator ’AND’ is automatically added between the search words. Search by partial words is also possible.  Results are listed in order of publication.

Feedback

If you have any questions or wish to submit feedback relating to the Government web service please use this form to contact us. All feedback will be processed during office hours and answered within two weeks of receipt when provided with contact details (e-mail address or name and address). Contact will primarily be by e-mail. All official correspondence must be sent to the Government Registry: registry@vnk.fi

Web browsers and terminal devices

The website uses responsive design and the content adapts to the used device.  The pages are best viewed with the latest browser versions. The website can be viewed with earlier browser versions but then you might not be able to make full use of all the service features available.

Downloading and reader applications

To read PDF files, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader programme, which can be downloaded free from here.

To read ePUB files, you need a reader application supported by your device.

The website also contains direct webcasts and video recordings in the form of live streamings from a separate server and adaptable to the used device.

Terms of use

Please read carefully the terms of use. By using this website, you agree to these terms of use as they currently are.

Copyright

The Prime Minister’s Office, or any other named information provider, owns the copyright to the texts and photographs published on the website. This means that the copyright of press releases and speeches, for example, is always held by the issuing Ministry.

All text material can be freely used and linked to in proper context and provided that reference is made to the original source. Use of text material for commercial purposes requires prior agreement with the Prime Minister’s Office.

Photos and related terms of use

The Prime Minister’s Office provides photographs on the government image bank and on Flickr. The image bank contains photographs of Government ministers, public employees and government premises. News photos are available mainly on Flickr.

The Prime Minister’s Office holds the right of use to the photographs. The photographs can be used in connection with news and other information dissemination purposes. Use in, for example, education materials and study books is also possible.

The photographer and holder of the right of use must be acknowledged in connection with the image. The photographs may not be manipulated or altered without permission, utilised inappropriately or contrary to accepted morality and behaviour, or adopted for marketing, advertising or any other commercial purposes. Users cannot transfer publication rights to a third party.

Legal notice

The Prime Minister's Office is responsible for the website. Each Ministry is responsible for the press releases and speeches they have released for publication.

Every effort is made to keep information on the website up-to-date and accurate. The Prime Minister’s Office is not responsible for any losses or damage suffered by users due to possible errors on the site. Nor is the Ministry responsible for any harm caused by technical problems or any material published by external parties and linked to the website.

Linked pages are subject to their respective terms of use. The Prime Minister's Office assumes no responsibility for  the accuracy of any third party products or information provided on their  websites. Where our site contains links to other sites, that does not mean that the Prime Minister's Office has or has had any responsibility for the functioning of those sites or any products or services provided through them.

On this website, the Prime Minister's Office has the right, but is under no obligation, to monitor and edit the content of texts in parts  of the site where users  post or transfer messages. The Prime Minister's Office is not responsible for the content of such messages, irrespective of whether legislation on  copyright, defamation or privacy protection or any other acts apply to such messages. At its discretion, the Prime Minister’s Office can remove any user-posted material it considers inappropriate from its website.

The Prime Minister's Office does not pay compensation for the use of this website or for any information that users may provide through it. Users grant the Prime Minister’s Office unrestricted, global rights free of any charge to use and edit any such materials.

The Prime Minister's Office cannot guarantee  the confidentiality of messages sent through an open information network. Users should avoid sending confidential information via e-mail.

No material on this website can be deemed an offer, request or commitment that is binding on the Prime Minister's Office.

The Prime Minister's Office retains the right to update, edit or change the terms of use and the content and visual image of the website. Users are advised, from time to time, to check the terms of use in force on this web page. The Prime Minister's Office has the right, at any time and for an unspecified reason, to suspend the provision of these website services, for example for the duration of maintenance and updating.

Users undertake to compensate the injured party in full for any damage arising from the breach of these terms of use by the user in question.

If a part of these terms of use are deemed to be in violation of an unconditional legal provision or cannot be applied in practice,  such a part will not affect the validity of other parts of these terms of use.

Finnish law shall apply to these terms of use and their interpretation, aside from cases in which there is a conflict between the legal provisions in question.

Personal data management

Under the Personal Data Act, the Prime Minister’s Office is committed to protecting the privacy and personal data of visitors to the website. We do not collect data that would enable the identification of individual visitors.

Information is only collected on how users access and use the website. This information is then used for developing the website services. Such data includes

  • pages viewed
  • time
  • IP address
  • web browser and operating system.

The Prime Minister's Office only keeps a record of contacts and other details given by the users themselves, in order to be able to answer any requests for contact, or questions or feedback. 

Social extensions

The website has links to the websites of third parties and so called social extensions (e.g. Twitter social plug-ins). Any third party extensions or plug-ins on this website are downloaded from their respective servers. This website does not send information on its users through social extensions.

Third party services and their applications provided by them are subject to their respective terms of use and other conditions.

Inquiries

Further information on the website is available from the Government Communications Department at info@vnk.fi.

Prime Minister’s Office
Snellmaninkatu 1 A, Helsinki
PO Box 23, FI-00023 Government Finland
Telephone +358 295 16001