Operations and responsibilities

The over 200-year old national Land Survey of Finland does various kinds of land surveying like parcelling and reallocations of pieces of land, produces map data material and promotes the joint use thereof.

The National Land Survey of Finland safeguards the land ownership and credit granting system by maintaining information about mortgages and registrations of title to property as well as other property information in its registers. Other central tasks of the National Land Survey of Finland are spatial data research and application as well as data and information system development.

The National Land Survey of Finland has offices in 37 localities across Finland, from Mariehamn to Ivalo. The number of employees totals approximately 2,000. The organisation consists of a central administration and four operations units, which are Production, General Administration, Centre for ICT Services and Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI).


Organisation of the National Land Survey of Finland.

Central Administration

Arvo Kokkonen, Director General
Marja Helin, Secretary to the Director General
Pekka Halme, Development Director
Petri Korpinen, Deputy Director General
Antti Kosonen, Director of Innovations
Markku Markkula, Deputy Director General
Christine Nyholm, Senior Auditor
Tiina Sarjakoski, Research Director
Ari Tella, Chief Engineer
Heli Ursin, Head of International Affairs
Tuija Varjonen, Internal Auditor
Pirkko Yliselä, Communication Director


Deputy Director General Irma Lähetkangas

Directors of the result units

Mauri Asmundela, Valuation Surveys
Heikki Lind, Legal Registers
Petri Notko, Basic Surveys
Janne Murtoniemi, Registration Process
Timo Potka, Land Consolidations
Antti Saarikoski, Information Services
Juha Vilhomaa, Topographic Data

General Administration

Matti Hyytinen, Administrative Director
Tuula Manninen, Director, Personnel and Finance Services

Centre for ICT Services

Marja Rantala, Deputy Director General

Directors of the result units

Ari Huvinen, ICT Production Services
Päivä Kasurinen, Customer Solutions
Jenni Mielikäinen, Technology Solutions
Juha Tuomaala, Application Services

Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)

Jarkko Koskinen, Deputy Director General

Heads of Department

Juha Hyyppä, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
Heidi Kuusniemi, Navigation and Positioning
Markku Poutanen, Geodesy and Geodynamics
Jari Reini, SDI Services
Tapani Sarjakoski, Geoinformatics and Cartography

International activities

The field of activities of the National Land Survey of Finland is becoming increasingly international in scope. We actively participate in international projects as well as the activities of several international organizations.

The National Land Survey’s international operations focus during the years 2013 - 2017 on the European Union. The main forums are cooperation between the European Mapping and Cadastre Agencies (especially Nordic cooperation, cooperation with the Baltic countries, EuroGeographics cooperation), the UN organs, participation in the activities of the selected organisations and their conferences, as well as preparation of international standards and regulations.