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Harmonisation of email addresses continues – Ministries of Transport and Communications, Agriculture and Forestry, Education and Culture, Defence and the Environment next in line to adopt ‘gov.fi’ suffix

Government Communications DepartmentMinistry of Agriculture and ForestryMinistry of DefenceMinistry of Education and CultureMinistry of Transport and CommunicationsMinistry of the Environment
6.9.2021 13.00
Press release 503/2021

The Government is adopting a single email suffix in stages during the remainder of 2021. Once the harmonisation process is complete, the email addresses of all staff members at the ministries will end in ‘gov.fi’. The Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Environment will adopt the new suffix on 6 September 2021.

This means that as a rule, the e-mail addresses of the staff at these ministries will now be in the format [email protected] Emails sent to the old email addresses will still reach their recipients for two years after the new suffix is adopted.

The general email addresses of the ministries will change later in 2021. This applies to the addresses of the registries, for example. The change will not affect the website addresses of the ministries. They will remain the same.

‘Gov.fi’ suffix to be adopted in all ministries during the second half of the year

The rest of the ministries will also take the new suffix into use over the course of 2021. The Ministry of Justice and the Prime Minister’s Office have already switched to ‘gov.fi’ addresses. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Finance will adopt the new email suffix on 20 September, and the Foreign Service will take it into use in November.

The email addresses of staff working in tasks requiring a high level of preparedness and security will adopt the suffix ‘govsec.fi’. The Ministry of the Interior will change the email addresses of all its staff members to the format [email protected] on 4 October. The schedules are subject to change.

By adopting a single email suffix, we can create a more unified Government and make it easier for citizens to contact government staff. The change is being carried out as part of normal updates to the email system. In connection with the reform, the Government is also making improvements to the security of its email traffic and enhancing its ability to detect potential information security anomalies.

The ‘gov.fi’ suffix was chosen because it is easily identifiable and the same principle is in use in other countries. Harmonised email addresses will also make it easier for government staff to switch jobs between different ministries.

Inquiries: Janne Kerkelä, Director General, tel. +358 295 160 381, [email protected], Prime Minister’s Office, Government Administration Department