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Finland has a single police organization which is subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. Police activities are planned, managed and supervised by the National Police Board. Each of Finland’s 11 police departments is responsible for maintaining public order and security and preventing crime in the regions.

The role of the Finnish Police is to secure judicial and social order, maintain public order and security and prevent and investigate crime.  In Finland, unlike many other countries, the police lead pre-trial investigations.  The police cooperate closely with the Border Guard and Customs, which are pre-trial authorities in their respective spheres of activity.

Staffing levels

The Finnish police is made up of almost 11,000 staff, of whom 7,800 are police officers. The population of Finland is 5.3 million, which means that there is one police officer for 680 citizens.


Besides 11 local police departments, the Finnish police is made up of two national units:

  • National Bureau of Investigation;
  • Finnish Security Intelligence Service

National Bureau of Investigation

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is in charge of fighting organized international and other serious crime. NBI investigations almost always have international ramifications and require cooperation with police authorities across the world.  The NBI provides other services to domestic law enforcement agencies which include forensic examination, intelligence, technical surveillance and access to INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network.

The NBI’s International Affairs Department (IAD) is the national contact point for all Finnish investigations requiring international police cooperation.  IAD responsibilities include dealing with international requests for legal assistance and international communications. It plays an important part in Finland's efforts to fight cross-border crime.

IAD is also involved in the recruitment process for liaison officers be posted abroad, with the NBI Chief appointing officers based on proposals made by IAD.


The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Finland is part of the IAD. The Head of the IAD is also the Head of the NCB. INTERPOL communications are transmitted by the NCB’s communications centre, which operates 24/7.

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Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
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Incoming Finnish Police Commissioner visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism, cybercrime

LYON, France – Seppo Kolehmainen, the incoming National Police Commissioner of Finland, visited INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters where he met with Secretary General Jürgen Stock to discuss a range of global crime issues.Discussions between Mr Kolehmainen – who takes up his new position on 1 August – and senior INTERPOL officials focused on the...

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  • 32nd INTERPOL General Assembly - 21-28 August 1963 - Helsinki