Information policy and steering

Finland is a society strongly based on information and its utilisation. Data systems and the information they contain are integral to the operation of the administration, and the administrative services have been extensively automated and made available in electronic format. Information between organisations is increasingly transmitted digitally, and the national basic registers are also widely utilised, for example. New information or an automated process usually opens up new views for the use of information and developing operations.

Information policy covers the activities of both the public and the private sector, and it cannot be allocated to any specific actor or administrative branch. Information policy is linked to all other policies because the objective is that any issue will be prepared and decisions will be made on the basis of comprehensive information. Other goals of information policy include improving services, developing administration, sustainable economy and promoting democracy.