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How to reach us by phone

Our national switch board number is +358 299 800.

All numbers beginning with 0299 are mobile phone numbers. You can send text messages to all direct numbers.

Email addresses

Unless otherwise mentioned, a person's email is in the form [email protected].

FDF images

Wartime images

Wartime images from the Winter and Continuation War as well as from the Lapland War are available online at Images can be viewed freely and can be used according to the terms of use of the service. The data base contains some 160,000 images. The pictures were published in their digital form in 2013.

Media photos

Media photos attached to press releases are stored in the media service. Media representatives can download those when signed in the mediaservice.

FDF public information organisations

The Defence Command's Public Affairs Division (Pääesikunnan viestintäosasto)

Fabianinkatu 2 C, 2nd floor

Visiting address Lintulahdenkuja 4A, 00530 HELSINKI, FINLAND

Email [email protected]

  • Director of Public Affairs, Colonel Torsti Astrén, mobile +358 299 500 700
  • Deputy Director of Public Affairs Division, Lieutenant Colonel Jussi Puustinen, mobile +358 299 500 701

Public information officers

  • Chief of Public Affairs, Licentiate of Social Sciences Max Arhippainen, mobile +358 299 500 720
  • Head of Digital Communications, Master of Arts Ossian Hartig, mobile +358 299 500 723
  • Public Information Officer, Web Editor, Master of Arts Katrina Carlson (on leave of absence)
  • Public Information Officer, Swedish, Licentiate of Social Sciences Henrik Gahmberg, mobile +358 299 500 722
  • Public Information Officer, Finnish, Master of Social Sciences Sirkku Saariaho, mobile +358 0299 500 721
  • Planner Tiina Möttönen, mobile +358 500 738
  • Public Information Officer Laura Valli, mobile +358 299 570 175
  • Media Analyst, Master of Social Sciences Jussi Kivioja, mobile +358 299 500 737
  • Press Secretary, Aira Lappalainen, mobile +358 299 500 724

Planning Section

  • Special Assignment, Feb 2019 onwards Planning Section Chief, Major Markku Mansikka, mobile +358 299 500 710
  • Section Officer Lieutenant Commander Tommi Sorvari, mobile +358 299 500 711
  • Planner, Captain Tommi Kangasmaa, mobile +358 299 500 734
  • Planner, M.Sc, Master of Arts Anna-Maria Länsimies, mobile +358 299 500 713
  • Special Planner, Master of Political Sciences Mikko Harjulehto (on leave of absence)
  • Community Marketing Coordinator, Master of Science (Economics) Ari Lohenoja, mobile +358 299 500 731
  • Public Information Secretary, Marja Säyrä-Sainio, mobile +358 299 500 712

Ruotuväki newspaper

  • Editor-in-Chief, Master of Social Sciences Mikko Ilkko, mobile +358 299 500 715
  • News Editor, Bachelor of Social Sciences Olli Kemppainen, mobile +358 299 500 717
  • Web News Editor, Juuso Kurttila +358 299 500 716


Establishments subordinate to the Defence Command

Finnish Defence Forces C5 Agency (Puolustusvoimien johtamisjärjestelmäkeskus)

Myllyjärventie 10

  • Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Jukka-Pekka Virtanen
  • Public Information Officer, Maija Kauppinen

Defence Forces Defence Research Agency (Puolustusvoimien tutkimuslaitos)

Riihimäki office
Tykkikentäntie 1

Tuusula office
Rantatie 66

Ylöjärvi office
Paroistentie 20

  • Chief of Staff, Colonel Marko Laaksonen
  • Chief information Specialist, Merja Nousiainen
  • Information Specialist Sirpa Korpela

Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command (Puolustusvoimien logistiikkalaitos)

Hatanpään valtatie 30
PO BOX 69, 33541 TAMPERE

  • Public Information Chief, Juhani Kauppinen
  • Public Information Officer, Ville Tuokko
  • Public Information Secretary, Elina Lahti

Centre for Military Medicine (Sotilaslääketieteen keskus)

Tykkikentäntie 1, Riihimäki

  • Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Petri Riihijärvi
  • Public Information Officer, Maria Veijalainen

Finnish Army

Army Command (Maavoimien esikunta)

PO BOX 145, 50101 MIKKELI

  • Chief Public Information Officer, Erikka Mannila 
  • Public Information Officer, Tuuli Harviainen
  • Public Information Officer, Päivi Lohi
  • Public Information Officer, Jere Paldanius
  • Web Public Information Officer, Lauri Paju

Brigade-level units

Jaeger Brigade (Jääkäriprikaati)
  • Public Information Officer, Taina Pirinen
Guard Jaeger Regiment (Kaartin jääkärirykmentti)
  • Public Affairs Officer, Meri Leppänen
Kainuu Brigade (Kainuun prikaati)
  • Public Information Officer, Satu Hujanen
Karelia Brigade (Karjalan prikaati)
  • Public Information Officer, Päivi Visuri
Army Academy (Maasotakoulu)
  • Public Information Officer, Sari Pöyhönen
  • Public Affairs Officer, Marika Heinilä
Armoured Brigade (Panssariprikaati)
  • Public Information Officer, Kirsi Lehto
Pori Brigade (Porin prikaati)
  • Public Information Officer, Master of Arts Sanna Närä
  • Public Information Officer, Annu Porttila
Utti Jaeger Regiment (Utin jääkärirykmentti)
  • Public Information Officer, Pia Enroos

Finnish Navy

Navy Command (Merivoimien esikunta)

Rykmentintie 15
PO BOX 58, 20811 TURKU

  • Chief Public Affairs Officer Annele Apajakari
  • Public Affairs Officer Markus Malila
  • Web Public Affairs Officer Leeni Pellinen

Brigade-level units

Naval Academy (Merisotakoulu)
  • Deputy manager, Commander Jyrki Ahonen
  • Public Affairs Officer Helmi Saarela
Coastal Fleet (Rannikkolaivasto)
  • Chief of Staff, Commander Ilja Hakanpää
  • Public Affairs Officer Nina Soini
Coastal Brigade (Rannikkoprikaati)
  • Public Affairs Officer Maria Hurme
  • Chief Secretary, First Lieutenant Tatu Vartiainen
Nyland Brigade (Uudenmaan prikaati)
  • Public Affairs Officer Hanna Tallberg

Finnish Air Force

Air Force Command (Ilmavoimien esikunta)

Garrison (Varuskunta), Building 300, Tikkakoski

  • Chief Public Affairs Officer, Master of Social Sciences Joni Malkamäki
  • Public Affairs Officer MA Suvi Sunnarborg
  • Public Affairs Officer Tuomas Saavalainen
  • Planning Coordinator Tuulia Kujanpää

Brigade-level units

Air Force Academy (Ilmasotakoulu)
  • Public Affairs Officer Antti Siukola
Lapland Air Command (Lapin lennosto)
  • Public Affairs Officer Anne Torvinen
Karelia Air Command (Karjalan lennosto)
  • Public Affairs Officer Risto Hyvärinen
Satakunta Air Command (Satakunnan lennosto)
  • Public Affairs Officer Tiina Koivisto

National Defence University

  • Chief Public Information Officer Suvi Manelius
  • Public Affairs Officer Helmi Saarela
  • Chief of Publication, Managing Editor of Defensor Patriae, Aki Aunala