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The media in Parliament

The Finnish Parliament is one of the most open in the world. Parliament strives to serve the media actively and to create good working conditions for the media.

Foreign journalists who wish to visit Parliament must have an invitation. A journalist can be invited to Parliament by an interviewee (an MP or parliamentary official) or by the Parliament Information Office.

Foreign journalists are subject to general rules concerning visitors, according to which a visitor may not move about in Parliament's facilities without an accompanying person. The accompanying person can be an interviewee or a person authorized by him/her, such as an MP's personal assistant, or an employee of the Parliament Information Office.

Guide for visiting journalists

In the Little Parliament building the media can use the public facilities on the ground floor, the entrance foyer and the Visitor's Centre. Interviews can be conducted in the auditorium foyer, the private function rooms next to the restaurant and the entrance foyer.

Visitors may not enter committee rooms, group rooms or offices without being invited. The media are not allowed to work in underground floors or in the halls outside MPs' offices.

Parliament has a wireless local area network (WLAN) that can be used by the media (see Technical instructions).

The largest numbers of foreign journalists visit Parliament when the Speaker receives international visitors. The International Press Center of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs takes care of accrediting foreign journalists for state visits. Photographers must comply with instructions provided by the Parliament Information Office and security personnel on these occasions.

The Parliament's Information Office is also responsible for arranging the programme for foreign journalists covering Speakers' visits.

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