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This accessibility statement concerns Statistics Finland's Otos publication archive published at on 21 May 2024. The statement was prepared on 25 April 2024.

Statistics Finland's publications from the Doria publication archive of the National Library of Finland and publications on Statistics Finland's web pages have been transferred to Otos. Otos contains both old digitised publications and Statistics Finland's new publications. The oldest publication in Otos is from 1862, and new publications are added there as they are published.

Statistics Finland aims to guarantee the accessibility of its web services in accordance with the Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019) (in Finnish).

Assessment of the accessibility of the digital service

The accessibility of the publications in the archive is the responsibility of Statistics Finland, which has assessed their accessibility.

The National Library of Finland is responsible for the accessibility of the user interface and it has assessed its accessibility.

Contents not covered by the legislation

The website has materials that are not covered by the accessibility act.

Most of the materials are reproductions of old printed publications. It is not possible to produce them afterwards to be fully accessible. For example, it is not possible to change the colour contrasts of old publications afterwards. These materials can be interpreted as manifestations from the cultural heritage collection, which are not subject to the act when they cannot be converted into a format that meets the accessibility requirements.

Other materials outside the legislation:

  • The act does not apply to the materials stored in the archives before 23 September 2018, because the materials are not updated and they are not needed in managing a matter that is ongoing with an authority.
  • Some publications contain maps that are not intended for navigation use.

The coverage of the Act is described in Section 3, Paragraph 2, Sub-paragraph 7 and Section 17, Paragraph 2 of the Act on the Provision of Digital Services (in Finnish).

State of accessibility of the digital service

The website is for the main part compliant with the accessibility requirements. However, the website is not yet in all parts compliant with the requirements.

The deficiencies are grouped according to whether they are related to the website publications or the user interface. The problems found were also grouped in accordance with the principles of accessibility and it is explained in their connection what success criterion is not met in this case.

Accessibility of publications

Unfortunately, some of the files within the scope of the act have deficiencies in accessibility.

Efforts have been made to improve the accessibility of the materials by utilising machine identification of text in PDF files, which enables machine readability of materials to some extent. In addition, we will improve the language definitions and the use of titles in scanned files in future. We aim to make completely new files directly accessible.


  • Images and graphs do not have text alternatives. (WCAG 1.1.1)
  • The structure of the files has not been accessibly marked and the reading sequence has not been determined. (WCAG 1.3.1, 1.3.2)
  • The colour has been used in statistical graphs as the only significant means of conveying information. (WCAG 1.4.1)
  • There are insufficient colour contrasts in the publications. (WCAG 1.3.4)


  • No title has been given for the files. (WCAG 2.4.2)


  • The language of the publications and the language of different parts are not marked. (WCAG 3.1.1, 3.1.2)

Accessibility of the User Interface

 The following deficiencies have been found in assessing the accessibility of the user interface: 


  • On some pages, the levels of the headings are not logical. (WCAG 1.3.1)
  • The contrast ratio between text and its background is not always sufficient. (WCAG 1.4.1)


  • The title (element) of some pages is not informative. (WCAG 2.4.2)


  • There are pages where the language of the parts is not defined. (WCAG 3.1.2)

Reporting of deficiencies in accessibility

If you notice any deficiencies on the website that are not listed on this page, please let us know about it. We will do our best to correct the deficiencies. Send email about any deficiencies you find to those responsible for maintaining the issue:

We will respond to your feedback as soon as possible or within two weeks at the latest. If you want to give feedback by telephone, call Statistics Finland's information services, tel. +358 29 551 2220.

Supervision authority

If you notice accessibility problems on the website, give us feedback on them first according to the instructions above. It may take up to 14 days before you receive a response.

If you are not satisfied with the response or if you do not receive any response within two weeks, you may file a report with the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland. The agency website has detailed instructions on how to file a complaint and how the issue will be processed.

Supervisory authority’s contact information

Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency
Supervision unit of accessibility
[email protected]
Tel. switchboard:
+358 295 016 000