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Legislation

Suomi.fi services are based on legislation, and because of this the majority of services provided by authorities are available in the Suomi.fi web service. Legislation aims to improve the accessibility, quality, information security, inter-operability and steering of public services, as well as to promote the effectiveness and productiveness of public administration.

Legislation stipulates that organisations either have an obligation or right to use Suomi.fi services. 

Organisations that are obligated to use the services include 

  • central government authorities and agencies, as well as departments and state enterprises
  • municipal authorities when performing duties they are prescribed by the law
  • courts and other judicial bodies.

Bodies that are obligated to use Suomi.fi must

  • use Suomi.fi e-Identification as a service for strong identification
  • use Suomi.fi Messages for electronic communication
  • use Suomi.fi e-Authorisation to act on behalf of a person or a company
  • use the Suomi.fi service to provide access to the important information concerning a person or company available in different registers 
  • ensure that services are described in a harmonised manner in the Suomi.fi Finnish Service Catalogue
  • link the organisations’ information resources to the Suomi.fi Data Exchange Layer to simplify the automatic exchange of information between authorities 
  • use Suomi.fi Payments for charging citizens for public administration services.

Additionally, some public sector organisations have the right to use all the Suomi.fi services. Private sector organisations have a limited right to use Suomi.fi Messages. 

For more information on the obligation imposed on the public administration and the private sector and their rights to use the Suomi.fi services see the legislation page in the Service Management web site (in Finnish and Swedish)

Does your organisation want to use the Suomi.fi services? 

Suomi.fi services can be adopted by public administration organisations and the private sector, but Suomi.fi e-Identification and Suomi.fi Messages can only be used by public administration organisations. The Suomi.fi Service Management web site contains information and provides support in the introduction and administration of Suomi.fi services.

Service Management web site (in Finnish and Swedish)