The Government Programme states that all electronic services
that are of social and commercial importance or important for the
smooth running of everyday life must be made accessible, so that
they are also available to people with disabilities and the
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has drawn up an
action programme for the promotion of accessibility in the
information society, covering the years 2011-2015. The
Ministry is also involved, for example, in preparing the Disability
Policy Programme and is engaged in EU cooperation.
What is accessibility?
Accessibility refers to the
measures and devices which guarantee citizens the opportunity to
work, study, pursue a hobby and participate, irrespective of
their age, gender, state of health, ethnic background and social,
mental or physical capabilities.
Accessibility to communication services, such as telephone,
television, radio and internet means that these devices and
services are readily available and easy to use for as many people
Reviewing the accessibility requirements of services and
devices is an established part of Finnish communications
Accessibility and legislation
The Constitution of Finland guarantees the inviolability of
human dignity and the individual's freedom and rights, and promotes
fairness in society. More specific provisions on
accessibility to television services are provided in the Act on
Television and Radio Operations.
In addition, the European Union's framework directive on
electronic communications, as well as the universal service
directives, regulate questions of availability and accessibility
related to certain communications services.