Digitisation of Labour Newspapers

The project digitises materials of labour newspapers as a historical continuum until 31 December 1966. The labour magazines digitised in the project are Suomen Sosialidemokraatti, Työkansan Sanomat, Vapaa Sana and Kansan Uutiset.

Goal and tasks

In addition to the National Library and other legal deposit libraries, the digitised magazines will be opened for the use of researchers and customers also at the Library of the Labour Movement, the Labour Archives, the People’s Archives and the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas as the digitisation proceeds.
When the project ends at the end of 2021, all the magazines digitised during the project, a total of approximately 250,000 pages of labour magazines, will be digitally available for researchers and other customers.


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 labour newspapers until 1966 brings these materials to a wider
research and customer use and secures the permanent preservation of the material
at the National Library.

Project setters

National Library



Extension term


Project status



Työväenperinne ry