The website uses cookies and plugins to improve the user experience. Plugins are necessary for the operation of the service and will be activated automatically. 

The website has a cookie banner. When visiting the website, you may choose to accept or reject non-essential cookies and plug-ins. If you reject the cookies, non-essential cookies or plug-ins will not be installed.

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Cookies are text files that a web browser saves on your device. The website uses cookies that are necessary for the operation of the website as well as cookies for visitor tracking and quality control. In addition, we use the browser’s local storage to save identifiers. In this text, the word “cookies” also refers to these technologies.

Essential cookies enable the storage of your preferences, such as language settings, when you move from one page to another on the website. Essential cookies are only used to ensure the technical performance of the website, not for any other purposes. will always use a secure connection (https).

Visitor tracking and quality control cookies (non-essential cookies) help us develop the website and ensure its serviceability. We hope you also accept non-essential cookies. The data collected is not used for marketing and tracking data is not disclosed outside of the branch of the Ministry of the Interior. Agencies in the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Interior can use each other's visitor monitoring data to develop online communications.

Service providers include the Government IT Centre Valtori and its partners.

Necessary cookies

A cookie set by a content management system (Liferay) that checks whether cookies are enabled in a browser’s settings. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management system cookie that saves visitors’ language settings to be used the next time the visitors return to the site. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management cookie used for linking users to their sessions. The cookie expires when the session ends.

A content management system cookie used to save the time stamp of the visitor’s session and to warn the visitor that their session is about to expire. The cookie expires when the session ends.

Cookies set by Amazon used to balance the load of servers and to ensure uninterrupted sessions for visitors. This improves the user experience of the site. The latter cookie is used to ensure the correct functioning of the website with newest browser versions. The cookies expire after one week.

A cookie set by Valtori used to store information on whether cookies are enabled or disabled in the visitor’s browser settings (cookie banner). The cookie expires after one year.

Non-essential cookies, i.e. visitor tracking and quality control cookies

If you accept the use of cookies, the website’s visitor tracking, Siteimprove, collects general statistical information that is used in online service development and quality control. 

This information includes, for instance: 

  • the website from which the visitor arrived at the website
  • pages loaded
  • page loading time stamp
  • browser and operating system
  • the visitor’s internet service provider.

Visitor tracking

The purpose of visitor tracking is not to identify individual visitors and your IP address is not saved as is. The IP address is used to identify the organisation that registered the address and the geographical location. The location data is indicative: its accuracy is good at the country level and moderate at the regional and city/town level. 

Quality control

We control the website’s accessibility, usability and quality, such as link functionality. 

IP addresses are automatically anonymised and the data collected cannot be linked to an individual.

Siteimprove does not disclose the data. Third parties cannot make use of the cookies or any data that can be linked to them.

A Siteimprove service cookie that saves data on the use of the website. The cookie expires after 1000 days.

The AWSALB cookie ensures that all the information collected during one visit is stored in the same target, which enables, for example, the tracking of the user path. The cookies expire after one week.

Plug-ins and links to other services

Links and share buttons that direct the user to social media services do not transmit your data to service providers if the links and the buttons are not used. 

The privacy statements for social media services (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube) include information on the cookies that these services use.


This is a YouTube service cookie that stores information about the use of YouTube videos embedded on this site. The cookie expires after 6 months.

This is a YouTube service cookie that tracks the number of views of embedded YouTube videos. The cookie expires when the session ends.

Technical log data on the website and telecommunications connections

Technical log data is collected on the use of the website and the telecommunications connections used to access it. This data is necessary for the provision of the online service and for ensuring information security. The log data includes information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, such as their IP address and timestamp. The log data is only used to enable the provision of the service via the telecommunications network and to investigate any disruptions and information security incidents.

Processing personal data related to the provision of the online service and ensuring information security is necessary for the Finnish Border Guard to comply with the legal obligation to which it as a controller is subject under the General Data Protection Regulation.

The Finnish Border Guard’s online services are provided by Valtori. Valtori’s partner Cloudflare Inc. utilises one per cent of the visitor log data to improve their service. Cloudflare does not transfer data outside the EU.

More information on the processing of personal data (in Finnish).

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