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About the website of the Ministry of the Environment

Ym.fi is the official website of the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.

The pages are intended to all those interested in the ministry's administrative branch - businesses, municipalities, authorities and citizens. The web service provides comprehensive information on issues falling within the ministry's field of activity, including nature and environmental protection, housing and building, and the ministry's organisation. In addition to key projects, you will find information on legislation currently being drafted and the ministry's guidelines and regulations. You will also learn how the Ministry of the Environment promotes its objectives within the European Union and other international contexts. The web service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

The authorities under the environmental administration, SYKE the Finnish Environment Institute and ARA the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland, maintain their own websites. Links are provided at the top of this page. The centres for economic development, transport and the environment (ELY centres) and regional state administrative agencies have also their own web services. Topical material relating to these organisations, such as press releases, training and publications, are available from their own web services.

The joint website of Finland's environmental administration, environment.fi, provides citizens and organisations with extensive national and regional level information on the state of the environment, different species, permit procedures and ongoing assessment projects. A link to the service can also be found at the top of this page.


Some contents of the environment.fi site are copyright protected. You are free to link to ym.fi and use its text material in line with good practice. Use of all pictures and maps, including photographs, must always be agreed with the web editors of the environmental administration: Verkkotoimituksen osoite


If you use material from environment.fi, please mention the source and date of reference.

Handling of personal data

We do not collect personal data that would make it possible to identify individual visitors. We only need contact information to be able to respond to feedback sent to us. Feedback can also be sent anonymously. The email addresses requested under the press release service will be used only for sending press releases to subscribed users.

Use of cookies and monitoring their use

Ym.fi uses cookies. They relate to the functionality or analytics and statistics of the website. You may disable cookies through your browser settings, but this may result in parts of the website not working properly. General statistical data is gathered on how the website is used to improve the service. Such data includes the number of visitors to the website, the popularity of the pages, the pages used to link to the service, and the most frequently used search words and browsers. Data to be collected includes the user's IP address, time of the day, pages visited, browser type, operating system and screen resolution. Page visitor statistics are based on server log information and Google Analytics reports, which use Google Analytics software cookies and JavaScript code.

Legal notice

The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for the content and maintenance of the website. We strive to keep the website accurate and up to date, and to correct any possible errors without delay. Environmental administration is not responsible for the accuracy of information published by external parties and linked to this website or for any harm caused by any technical disruption.

Published 2015-07-31 at 13:45, updated 2015-07-31 at 13:45