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Cookies are small text files that a web browser saves on the user’s device. Among their many functions, cookies enable maintaining a user’s preferences, such as their language settings, when the user moves from one page to another on the website.

The website uses both strictly necessary cookies that enable the different functions of the site and analytics cookies.

The strictly necessary cookies are only used to ensure the technical performance of the website. Connections to the website are always secure (https).

The non-essential cookies used on the website are analytics cookies used for visitor tracking and quality control. We request you to enable the non-essential cookies, since they help us to improve our website. The data collected is not used for marketing and tracking data is not disclosed to third parties. Only Finnish ministries have access to the tracking data, which they use to improve their online communications.

Necessary cookies

A publishing system cookie that stores information on whether or not users have enabled cookies in their browser settings. Valid for one year.

A publishing system cookie that stores information on users’ language preferences and preserves it for their next visit to the website. Valid for one year.

Publication system cookies that produce a unique identifier to keep the user logged in during the session. These cookies enable the user to stay logged in while navigating through the different pages of the website. The cookies are session-specific and are automatically deleted when the user closes their browser.

A content management cookie used for linking users to their sessions. The cookie expires when the session ends.

A publishing system cookie that stores a timestamp for the user’s visit and ensures that their session can continue. Valid for one year.

Server environment cookies that improve the user experience by balancing server loads and ensuring that the user’s session can continue. The second cookie ensures that the website can function with the latest browser versions. Valid for one week.

A website cookie that stores information on whether or not the user has accepted cookies in their browser. Valid for one year.

A cookie used by the service to block spam, allowing the service to determine whether the user is a bot. The cookie is used when sending forms. Expires when the browsing session ends.

Server environment cookies used for detecting and preventing bot and malware traffic and attacks. The cookies expire after 30 minutes or when the session ends.

Analytics cookies

If the visitor has enabled analytics cookies, the cookies collect general information on the visitor’s use of the website. This information is used to improve the online service and in quality control. The collected information includes the site from which the visitor arrived at our website, pages loaded, timestamp, browser and operating system of the visitor’s device and the visitor’s internet service provider.

The purpose of the visitor tracking is not to identify individual visitors and IP addresses are not saved as they are. The visitor’s IP address is used to identify the organisation the address is registered to and to determine the visitor’s geographical location.

The cookie assigns a unique identifier to each visitor. The cookie expires after two years.

This cookie is used to save information on the user’s session for the duration of the session. The cookie expires when the session ends.

This cookies is used to save information on the user’s session for 30 minutes at most. This enables the user to visit other websites and open other browser tabs without resetting the session.

Other services and their cookies used for improvement

The Ministry of Education and Culture uses the Askem service to collect feedback from users of the online services so that the content of the website can be improved. If you accept the statistical cookies, response buttons and a feedback field will appear on the pages so you can give your opinion on the content of the pages. 

Askem cookies store a randomly generated string of characters in the visitor's browser to identify events from the same browser. The cookies cannot be used to identify users. Askem does not store any third party cookies and does not share or forward any information. Third parties cannot utilise the cookies or information related to them. Askem cookies are stored in your browser for a maximum of 30 days. 

The siteimprove service gives information on the quality of the website and problems related to issues such as accessibility, how well the links work and how easily webpages are found in search engines. The Ministry of Education and Culture uses this information to fix and improve accessibility and usability.

IP addresses are automatically anonymised. Neither the collected amount of clicks on pages/links/documents nor the data on the number of views can be linked to a natural person. Siteimprove does not disclose the information and third parties cannot make use of the cookies or any information that can be linked to them.

Siteimprove cookies are stored in your browser for a maximum of 30 days.

Third Party Applications

Links to social media services and share buttons on our website do not transmit any user information to the providers of these services, unless you click on these links and share buttons. 

Some pages use third-party applications to display content. These include YouTube videos embedded in the Ministry’s pages, for example. When a page loads, these applications may store cookies in the user’s browser that transmit information about the loading and the address of the page to a third party.

The cookie settings on the website do not enable changes to these cookies. You can block or allow third-party cookies using your browser’s cookie settings. 

Disabling cookies

The website has a cookie banner. Visitors are asked to give consent for the use of non-essential cookies and plug-ins when they visit the website.

If a visitor does not enable the cookies, the non-essential cookies and plug-ins are not used.
Visitors can change their cookie preferences by clicking the link below. Clicking the link shows the cookie banner again.