National space legislation prepared

Finland is about to become a space nation as the first nanosatellites of the Aalto University are launched this spring. Several other microsatellite projects are under way. Besides the satellites used for scientific research and designed as university degree projects, commercial satellites are becoming increasingly common.

At the moment, however, Finland has no legislation applicable to satellite launches. Within the EU national space acts have been adopted in Austria, Denmark, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

A working group has been appointed for the period 1 February–29 December 2017 to prepare a national Space Act for Finland. The preparation is based on the obligations in the UN Space Treaties that are binding on Finland and models and practices adopted in other countries.

This website follows the progress in the preparation of the national Space Act.

Press release: Working group to prepare national space legislation

Further information:
Marjaana Aarnikka - marjaana.aarnikka(at)
Maija Lönnqvist - maija.lonnqvist(at)
Tuija Ypyä - tuija.ypya(at)