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The Finnish Border Guard’s annual report 2021 is published

3.5.2022 13.53 | Published in English on 6.5.2022 at 11.46
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The annual report gives an oversight of our main tasks and key figures.

The Finnish Border Guard’s annual report 2021 is published online. It contains key figures, graphics and articles of our most essential projects and basic tasks during the exceptional year.

The coronavirus pandemic affected the performance of the Finnish Border Guard

The year 2021 was operationally an exceptional year for the Finnish Border Guard. The restrictions on the external border traffic continued throughout the year, the internal border control was in effect for the majority of the year, and extensive mutual assistance was provided to the health authorities in the autumn. All these factors affected the performance of the Finnish Border Guard.

In terms of border security and maritime security, the impact of our activities increased. For example, the number of patrols remained at a higher level than planned due to internal border control, and the number of maritime assistance and sea rescue missions increased by 10 percent. A significant number of unauthorised border crossings were detected in connection with the internal border control activities. For the West Finland Coast Guard District, the summer season of 2021 was clearly busier than the previous summers.

The pandemic had its impacts also on crime prevention. Internationally, criminal activities shifted increasingly to information networks and, in general, the use of online networks grew significantly during the pandemic. For example, the reports of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard District show a clear rise in forgery crimes in spring 2021.

The Finnish Border Guard enjoys a good reputation: Our professionalism and reliability are especially appreciated by citizens

The excessed work load did not lower the Finnish Border Guard’s reputation. Recent questionnaire surveys show that the Finnish Border Guard enjoys a good reputation. Our professionalism and reliability are especially appreciated by citizens. In the opinion of the respondents, the Finnish Border Guard has managed its duties well and all of its statutory tasks are viewed as being important. The implementation of measures related to the coronavirus pandemic was primarily viewed as being successful. The trend has been upward as the public evaluations concerning the reputation and reliability of the Finnish Border Guard have improved over the past years.

Read the full report here: Finnish Border Guard's Annual Report 2021 (pdf).