Digitisation of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat

The project digitises the materials of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat as a historical continuum from the beginning of the newspaper’s history until 31 December 1979. In accordance with the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials and the Copyright Act, the National Library opens all its digitised material for the use of researchers and citizens free of charge in the digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi service at the National Library and other legal deposit libraries as well as permanently preserves the material in a digital format and for digital use in accordance with the digital preservation standards

Goal and tasks

All in all, the project will digitise and open approximately 550,000 new pages for public use. At the end of the project, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be available in a digital format as a continuous historical chain until 31 December 1979. Altogether, almost one million pages of newspaper material of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be digitally available at the end of the project.


Digitised newspapers are the most used materials by researchers and the public.
Newspapers are an irreplaceably rich and diverse culturohistorical heritage
because daily newspapers have recorded the current events of politics, the economy, culture and arts as current descriptions. This is why newspaper materials can be used diversely and they are very rich materials.
When digitised, newspaper materials are easy to access and use and they serve
the Finnish media, researchers and anyone who is interested in
history, the present and the future.
The digitisation of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat until the 1980s will bring the materials for wider research use and ensure the permanent preservation of the material
at the National Library.

Project setters

National Library



Project status

In progress


Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö