The EU Regulation on requirements for presenting certain public documents will enter into force on 16 February 2019. The purpose of the Regulation is to simplify the formal acceptance procedures of documents.
State employees take up skiing: If 100,000 citizens activate electronic messages from the authorities, the authorities promise to ski 10,000 kilometres
The Population Register Centre and the Finnish Tax Administration and invite Finnish citizens to move to electronic communication with state authorities instead of paper mail. If 100,000 Finns activate the Suomi.fi Messages service by the end of February, Population Register Centre Director General Janne Viskari and Tax Administration Director General Markku Heikura, together with their colleagues, promise to clock up 10,000 kilometres on cross-country skis.
Parliamentary elections 2019: Notifications of the right to vote are now posted electronically to Suomi.fi Messages
For the parliamentary elections in 2019, notifications of the right to vote may be accessed for the first time in electronic format instead of being sent in the post. To access your notification of the right to vote in the parliamentary elections, you must be using Suomi.fi Messages by 16.00 on 22 February 20219.
The Population Register Centre carried out three surveys for its stakeholders at the end of 2018.
Suomi.fi performed very well in the 2018 eGovernment Benchmark report, in which the European Commission surveyed the digital public services available across the region.
The Spring Splash Seminar, which is already a tradition of sorts, will next be held at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on 3 April 2019.
Director General of the Population Register Centre Janne Viskari selected as influencer of the year 2018
Tivi magazine has nominated Director General of the Population Register Centre Janne Viskari as the influencer of the year 2018. The selection was published in Tivi on 5 December 2018.
The Population Register Centre and Cybercom have teamed up to develop an augmented reality mobile app to make it easier for citizens to use public sector services. The name of the app is “Service Locations (beta)”. This is the trial version of the service, which will in the future be included as part of the Suomi.fi mobile app.
Mobile certificates are worth using – The rapid advance of digitalisation highlights the importance of trustworthy identification
The Population Register Centre has tendered the strong identification trust network for processing identification for public government digital services and made agreements with banks on the use of banking codes as an identification tool. Through these agreements, citizens will in future be able to sign into public government digital services using a mobile certificate or banking codes. In addition, it will be possible to sign into services using the Citizen Certificate on personal identity cards issued by the police.
Next year, you will get a notification in the Messages service as soon as the pre-completed tax return is available in the MyTax service. In the future, citizens will also be able to authorise another person to act on their behalf to manage their tax matters. This autumn, many companies have also used the Suomi.fi authorisations, mandating their accounting firms to manage their tax matters and to file their payroll reports. Many authorities that are important for citizens and companies are taking the Suomi.fi services into wider use. Therefore, the users of the Suomi.fi services are also really beginning to benefit from the services available.
The accessibility of web services is of great importance to the Population Register Centre. In this video, Project Manager Jani Ruuskanen and UX-Manager Mari Kervinen from the Population Register Centre explain how accessibility is considered in the development of Suomi.fi services.
The Ministry of Finance has asked the Population Register Centre to investigate whether the principles of strong identification of citizens are in need of reform. The investigation focuses on finding the most practical ways of implementing electronic identification for the public administration’s online services. At present, identification is based on online banking credentials, Mobile ID or an identity card.
Population Register Centre’s new website, vrk.fi, is launched on the afternoon of June 18th. As a part of the overhaul, the PRC’s Eevertti extranet service will be merged with vrk.fi.
Digital and Population Data Services Agency sets the direction for digitalisation and serves people in various phases of their lives
At the beginning of 2020, a new Digital and Population Data Services Agency (Finnish Digital Agency) will begin its operation in Finland. The agency will be created when the Population Register Centre, local register offices and the Development and Steering Unit for the Local Register Offices operating under the Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland are merged into a single agency. In terms of administration, the agency will be built upon the foundation of the current Population Register Centre.
Finland's and Estonia's data exchange layers connected to one another on 7 February - the rapid exchange of information between the countries is now possible
Finland's Population Register Centre and the Republic of Estonia's Information System Authority have interconnected the two countries' data exchange layers X-Road and Suomi.fi to one another. This will make it technologically possible to transfer data electronically over the Gulf of Finland between organisations that have joined the countries' data exchange layers. A data exchange layer is a uniform data transfer method for information systems and simplifies the exchange of information. The two authorities entered into an agreement on connecting the layers to one another at the end of 2016.
Suomi.fi online service is expanding: Comprehensive data bank and advisory service opens for companies
Suomi.fi online service’s company section is published. Now all data and advice relating to company formation and companies’ operations can be found in one place - Suomi.fi. Suomi.fi’s company section will replace the previous Enterprise Finland web pages.
On 15 December 2017, the Population Register Centre opened Suomi.fi Messages, a new service intended for communication between the citizens and the authorities. This service is part of the Suomi.fi Web Service.
Finland first in the world to enable acting on behalf of another person electronically in social and health matters
Finland is the first in the world to introduce the possibility for an adult to electronically authorise another person to transact business in social and health care matters. Acting on behalf of another person requires an electronic authorization for health care on the Suomi.fi online service. South Savo community of municipalities for social and health services (ESSOTE) is the first organisation in which this is possible.
The Government appointed Janne Viskari, M.Sc. (Tech.) as Director General of the Population Register Centre on 9 November. Viskari will assume his post on 15 November. The appointment is for a fixed term of five years.
Population Register Centre of Finland works with the MyData 2017 Conference as the Main Partner. It is a forum for stakeholders to share not only ideas and theories, but concrete benchmarks and best practices in infrastructure, in legislation, and in business solutions.