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Country Summary for FINLAND

I.  Relevant Legislation
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II.  Regulated Cultural Property

Definitions

The following objects or parts of them shall not be taken out of the country without the licence referred to in this Act, unless otherwise prescribed:
(1) archaeological objects referred to in the Protection of Antiquities Act (295/1963) which have been found in land or water;
(2) works of art over 50 years old, and original or comparable products of industrial art and art handicraft over 50 years old of which a limited series has been produced;
(3) buildings and parts of them over 100 years old;
(4) motion pictures and sound recordings and other technical recordings over 50 years
old;
(5) the following literary products:
(a) manuscripts over 50 years old;
(b) music manuscripts over 50 years old;
(c) books and maps printed in Finland or for Finland before the year 1800; and
(d) books printed abroad before the year 1600;
(6) private archives and archive material, irrespective of their age, belonging in other object groups which are valuable due to scientific research or other special reason;
(7) collections which are valuable due to scientific research or other special reason, and natural history collections and specimens of these collections, irrespective of their age;
(8) vehicles and transport equipment over 50 years old;
(9) the following objects over 100 years old:
(a) objects that are permanent fixtures in buildings;
(b) weapons and equipment; and machines, apparatus and equipment meant for military use;
(c) timepieces;
(d) furniture and lamps;
(e) weighing and measuring devices and household objects;
(f) tools and machines;
(g) toys and games;
(h) musical instruments;
(i) garments and textiles;
(j) works and other metal objects made by goldsmiths and silversmiths;
(k) glass and wood objects, ceramic and porcelain objects;
(l) photographs and photographic equipment and other optical equipment;
(m) ecclesiastical objects; and
(n) objects related to beliefs; and
(10) objects, irrespective of their age, related to national history and prominent persons. (ARECO 1999 §4)

III.  Export Restrictions
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IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions
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V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions
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VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Ministry of Education and Culture
P.O. Box 29
Fin-00023
Government, Finland kirjaamo@minedu.fi
www.minedu.fi
Ph: +358 2953 30004
F: +358-(0)9-135 9335

National Board of Antiquities
Nervanderinkatu 13
P.O. Box 913
FIN-00101
Helsinki, Finland kirjaamo@museovirasto.fi
www.nba.fi
Ph: +358 9 4050 1
F: +358-9-4050 9300