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Tips for using the MapSite

The key functions of the MapSite are briefly described here.

Using the map

Search for a feature by place name, address or property identifier

You can add the asterisk (*) to the beginning, middle or end of your search word. The search also displays the number of features found (at most 500).

Use the name or address search to identify a property identifier, for example. Once you have found the correct place, select property identifiers under map layers. 

Search for a feature by property identifier to identify the location of a specific property.

The property identifier can consist of numbers separated by dashes or zeros, e.g. 12-34-5-678 or 01203400050678.

Map view

Print the map view by clicking the printer icon in the top right corner. If a notification is shown at the top of the map view, you can close the notification by clicking X to view the printer icon. You can also enlarge the map to the full screen size by minimising the menus on the right and left by clicking the < > icons.

Map tools

Add a marker on the map 

Select the marking tool in the left-hand side menu.


Enter a heading and write a detailed description.


You can share the marker as a link by email or on social media.

Measure the distance or area

You can find the measuring tools in the left-hand side menu.

Click to set the starting point and measure the distance or area. Stop measuring by double-clicking. Modify your measurement by dragging the line. 

You can print a map view in which the area is indicated as an attachment to a deed of sale for a parcel, for example.

Show the nearest address

Start by clicking the icon in the left-hand menu. Next, click the location whose nearest address you want to see on the map.

You can see the nearest address, municipality and the location’s coordinates.

This function also shows the address of roadside locations without any buildings.

Other functions

Enter and convert coordinates

In the MapSite, geographic coordinates are shown in three different formats: 
d° m' s,sss'', 2. d° m,mmmm', 3. d,ddddddd°.

Open the ‘Enter and convert coordinates’ function by clicking the XY icon on the right-hand side of the map view. The function shows the TM35 map sheet number for the point on the map.

Enter coordinates

Type coordinates in their designated fields. Click the ‘Add marker’ button to show the coordinates on the map.

In geographic coordinates, the degree symbol (°) can be replaced by the letter ‘d’.

Convert coordinates

Select the coordinate system in the drop-down menu. The coordinates will be converted in the fields based on the coordinate system selected.

This function also shows the coordinates recommended to be used in emergency calls.

Did you notice an error on the map? 

Report any error you have noticed or give other feedback on the MapSite. Open the feedback form by clicking the right-hand side menu.

Printed maps and map printouts

In the MapSite, you can also buy maps. To order and buy maps, open ‘Buy maps’ in the right-hand side menu.

You can choose from printed maps or make your own map printouts.

If you want a printed map, you can choose from basic maps (1:25,000/20,000) and topographic maps (1:50,000). 

You can select the following content for your own map printout:

  • area
  • printout size
  • scale
  • contents, e.g. show property identifiers and boundary markers, grid intersections

You can select weatherproof plastic, canvas or paper as your map printout’s material. The map printout is also available as a PDF file sent by email. 

Printed maps and map printouts are delivered by post. For PDF printouts, a download link will be sent to you by email.

Opening and viewing PDF map printouts sent by email

Map printouts are delivered as a download link by email. Click the link and save the file on your computer. The download link is valid for 30 days after placing an order. 

If you cannot open the link by clicking it, copy it and paste it in your browser’s address bar. 

Next, open the PDF map printout using Adobe Reader. Click the eye icon in the left-hand menu of the program to select the information you want to be shown on the map.

​Download free datasets

In the MapSite BETA service, you can download free datasets. You can access downloadable data in the right-hand side menu.

In the BETA service, you can choose from the elevation model, laser scanning data and the topographic database. Click the dataset you want to make more detailed selections. As a rule, geospatial data software is required to process and open datasets.

Select the product, file format and area. After you have made your selections, add the product to the shopping cart. In the BETA service, downloadable datasets are free of charge. Go to checkout and enter your contact information. An order confirmation will be sent to you by email. Open datasets are available through the link in the order confirmation.

Not all datasets and file formats are yet available in the BETA service. The datasets available for download in the service are subject to the Attribution CC 4.0 licence of the National Land Survey of Finland’s open datasets.

The current open data file download service will operate alongside the BETA service until all datasets are available in the new service.