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Country Summary for FINLAND

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


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
(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

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Ministry of Education and Culture
P.O. Box 29
Government, Finland
Ph: +358 2953 30004
F: +358-(0)9-135 9335

National Board of Antiquities
Nervanderinkatu 13
P.O. Box 913
Helsinki, Finland
Ph: +358 9 4050 1
F: +358-9-4050 9300