The conveyance of a property (such as a purchase or a gift) is witnessed in the presence of everyone who has signed the conveyance document (bill of sale, deed of gift). If a property conveyance has not been witnessed, it is not valid and the buyer cannot be granted title to the property. Only a public purchase witness can witness a property conveyance.
The fee for public purchase witnessing is shown in our pricelist (in Finnish).
When property is transferred using the Property Transaction Service, a public purchase witness is not necessary.
If you use a public purchase witness to enter into an agreement, you do not need to apply for a title registration yourself. You can ask the public purchase witness to apply for a title registration on your behalf in conjunction with a transfer notification.
Find a public purchase witness
The Public Purchase Witness Directory (in Finnish) contains the contact information of Finnish public purchase witnesses. You can search for a public purchase witness by typing one or more search terms. Click on a name of a public purchase witness for more information. Contact a public purchase witness directly to agree on witnessing a purchase.
Log into the Public Purchase Witness Directory via Suomi.fi Identification. You can identify yourself using Finnish bank codes, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID or smart card issued by the Digital and Population Services Agency. The service is in FInnish and in Swedish.
You can also request a public purchase witness from the National Land Survey's customer service if you cannot use the Public Purchase Witness Directory.