The Finnish National Sound Archive

With a scope of approximately 150,000 recordings, the Finnish National Sound Archive is Finland's most extensive public recording archive. It operates in connection with the Music Library and it contains a substantial quantity of almost all the recordings issued in Finland. The oldest recordings are from 1901.

From 1981 onwards the Library has received legal deposit copies of all music and voice recordings produced in Finland. Vintage recordings are acquired for the Finnish National Sound Archive retroactively. The collection contains approximately 80% of Finland's sound recordings.

Recordings may not be taken out of the Library, but can be heard in the Music Library by special order. Music recordings are catalogued in the Viola database. Audio books, magazines and other information concerning voice recordings can be found in the Fennica database.

A digitising project for Finnish recordings is currently underway at the Library. Because portions of the recordings are deteriorating archive materials highly susceptible to damage, their preservation is urgent. The digitising all Finnish 78 rpm disks is the first task of the "Sounds of a Century" project. Copyright-free digitised recordings can be heard online through the Raita database.

"SOUNDS OF A CENTURY" - digitising project for Finnish recordings
Further information: kk-musiikki(at)
Tel: +358 2941 21611, tel: +358 2941 22727

Treasures From The Finnish National Sound Archive, presented in Inner-Audio web-magazine