National Archives of Finland

Rauhankatu 17, 00170 Helsinki

The National Archives guides the archives and records management of the central government administration and acts as a national central agency and research and development centre in its field of expertise.

The oldest section of the National Archives building was designed by architect C.G. Nyström and completed in 1890. The building has since been extended. The statuary group of three women on top of the old building was sculpted by C. E. Sjöstrand (1828-1906) and symbolizes Finland standing in the middle surrounded by the goddesses of historical research and writing. The oldest document on Finland preserved in the archives dates from 1316. The archives are open to the public.