The National Land Survey as a workplace

Maanmittauslaitos työpaikkana

The National Land Survey produces information for the public and various organisations related to the use and utilisation of land.

We do land surveying, maintain property information, produce map data material, handle registrations of title and mortgages, develop ICT systems, and promote the research and application of spatial data.

At the National Land Survey, we show the way in many aspects, believe in experimentation and do things that are significant to the well-being of society.

The National Land Survey has offices in 37 localities across Finland, from Mariehamn to Ivalo. In addition to our offices, our employees also work in the terrain, from home or in any other location best suited to the task at hand.

Information, services and research about the Earth

The majority of our employees work in surveying. Our cartographers and surveyors parcel out plots for summer cottages, mark out the boundaries of future motorways in the terrain and on the map and perform land consolidations of farmland to make the jobs of farmers easier.

Thanks to our experts in registration issues, land registration secretaries and lawyers, the owning, buying and selling of property as well as securing loans are in safe hands in Finland.

The researchers of the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute at the National Land Survey perform measurements and research benefiting the whole society in the field of mapping in cooperation with universities and research institutes, public organisations and companies in Finland and internationally.

The specialists at the Centre for ICT Services at the National Land Survey produce IT services for governmental agencies in the administrative sector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In addition, they are responsible for the information systems and information management of the National Land Survey.

Employees are happy at the National Land Survey

The National Land Survey is a modern employer that invests in the wellbeing and satisfaction of its employees. Supervisors have been key – their competence and skills have been developed so that the employees can have a sense of good leadership in the organisation.

In 2017, job satisfaction at the National Land Survey was 3.84 on a scale 1–5 in the VMBaro survey. The average within public administration was 3.55. Employees at the National Land Survey are especially happy with the possibility to combine work and private life (4.38, average within public administration 3.99).

Other strengths according to the survey were equal treatment from both supervisor and co-workers, equality between the sexes within the working community, and the independence of work and the opportunity to influence the contents of one's work.

At the National Land Survey, we work at multiple locations. This means that it is also possible to work outside the workplace – for instance at home. Working hours are very flexible, that is employees have the possibility to work regardless of time and place by using modern tools.

See photos from our working days on Instagram

You can take a look at employees of the National Land Survey at work all over Finland on the photo-sharing service Instagram. In summer 2017, our summer workers updated our Instagram account. You can find these photos using the hashtag #MMLkesäduunari. Photos by other NLS employees are available using the hashtag #töissämaanmittauslaitoksessa (at work at NLS).

All photos are available also on the National Land Survey's Instagram account @maanmittaus. Follow us!

Get to know us

GIS Specialist Claudia Bergroth

ClaudiaMuch of Claudia's work has to do with the European INSPIRE Directive, on which the framework for the principles of joint use of spatial data in EU countries is based. Her working days consist of, for example, meeting stakeholders, preparing and holding various kinds of presentations, as well as organising training sessions and other events.

'I particularly like my job because it can truly be said to be a great place to get an overview of the spatial data sector, both in Finland and internationally. Much of our work is done in cooperation with various ministries, other governmental organisations and foreign colleagues. We also have a fantastic team! Everyone is really passionate about their work, which surely makes itself felt in our group as well', says Claudia.

Claudia has studied geography, specialising in geoinformatics, at the University of Helsinki. She says that she was bitten by the spatial data bug on a geography course in upper secondary school, when they watched a video series where an assistant professor of geoinformatics at the University of Helsinki spoke about spatial data and the opportunities it offers.

While working, Claudia has completed her studies and she praised the National Land Survey as an exemplary workplace as it was easy to combine work and studies. In addition to working part-time, flexible working hours and activity-based work in multiple locations has made studying much easier.

'They have been very supportive of my studies here. Thanks to being able to work outside my workplace, I have been able to work at the university library between lectures.’

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Research scientist Jesperi Rantanen

JesperiIn-car navigation equipment, map apps and various route guides on our phones have given us satellite navigation to make our daily lives easier. Jesperi's focus is on navigation and positioning, particularly in situations where satellite navigation does not work at all, such as indoors.

'Several methods of indoor navigation have been developed, but there's no system yet that covers everything, as satellite navigation does outdoors. Navigation equipment based on local area networks or Bluetooth is commonly used.

Jesperi started working at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey in 2016, having completed his M.Sc. (Tech) degree at Aalto University, specialising in geomatics (now geoinformatics). After upper secondary school, the young man was particularly interested in geography, but also in the engineering sciences, which is how he ended up in his field.

According to Jesperi, his workdays are very diverse. A typical workday includes the analysis of measurement data from testing, reading other people's earlier research and writing various publications.

Jesperi is most motivated by the fact that he is doing an important job. Working methods of indoor navigation could be of significant assistance to, for example, emergency personnel, who often must move around in challenging conditions and in unfamiliar buildings.

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Research Manager Laura Ruotsalainen

Tutkimuspäällikkö Laura Ruotsalainen

Laura Ruotsalainen is the research manager at the Department of Navigation and Positioning of the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey of Finland. The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) is a research and expert institute that carries out research and development for spatial data infrastructures.

– I manage a research group called Sensors and Indoor Navigation. No two working days are ever alike, because my work description is so extensive. My daily tasks include, for example, reading and writing publications, doing and managing research and writing financing applications, brainstorming new directions for research with colleagues and presenting our research to several different stakeholders. In addition, I manage two working groups in international working community networks, says Laura.

Laura has a Master of Philosophy degree in computer science from the University of Helsinki. In 2013, she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Tampere University of Technology.

– The focus of my research is navigation, particularly in environments and conditions that are challenging for satellite positioning. Challenging environments include indoor and urban environments. Challenging conditions include wilful interference of satellite positioning. I'm interested in finding new innovative solutions to navigational problems, my dissertation deals with using a camera as a navigational sensor.

Laura has worked as a researcher both at the University of Helsinki and the University of Calgary in Canada. In addition to her work at FGI, she is a lecturer at the Aalto University together with two colleagues. The series of lectures concerns Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology.

– One of the rewarding things about working as a researcher at FGI is the constant need to learn new things. It is necessary to challenge oneself, and I find that inspiring. In addition, as a researcher I meet people all the time who are intelligent and passionate about their work, says Laura with a smile.