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About the new site

The new Prime Minister's Office website was introduced in January 2015. The new site makes part of the government web communications reform which includes the introduction of a shared technical solution for government online publications.

A new Government website was opened in the same connection. It has also been revamped in line with the model for government web communications. Based on the same model, the website of the Ministry of Finance will also be opened in January 2015 and the websites of the other pilot ministries, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, later on in spring 2015. Other ministries will adopt the new solution with the next remodelling of their websites.

Contents

The website at vnk.fi makes part of Prime Minister's Office web services. The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for the website and is is maintained by the Government Communications Department located at the Prime Minister's Office. The website provide service in Finnish, Swedish and English. The fullest information is provided in Finnish. The Prime Minister's Office may set up separate websites for the purposes of certain projects. A such website is found, for example, at suomi100finland.fi designed for the centenary of Finland's independence.

The latest news from the Prime Minister's Office are available on the front page. The front page also provides access to key projects, topics and publications. Links to information on ministers appointed to the Prime Minister’s Office are also available via the home page.

The section for current issues provides access to press releases issued by the ministry and Government and to speeches by the Prime Minister. You can sign up for news and receive them in your e-mail. 

Responsibilities provides an overview of the ministry and its functions. The section provides information on a wide range of issues: the Government decision-making process, state ownership steering, planning and coordination of Finland's EU policy, monitoring of the Government programme, practical advice on how to apply for an honorary title or inquire equivalents of government terminology in various languages from the Government Terminology Service.

Projects and statute drafting  provides information on development and legislative projects under the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ministry presents the organisation and management of the Prime Minister’s Office, together with information about personnel, finances, the ministry's premises and history.

Functions

RSS feeds

The Prime Minister’s Office 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 the feedback 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(at)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.

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.

More information

Further information on the website is available from the Government Communications Department at inf(at)vnk.fi.

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