Accessibility statement for the web service

Prepared on 22 September 2020
Last revised on 18 January 2023

This statement applies to the website maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute.

The Act on the Provision of Digital Services applies to the website.

Availability status at the moment

The website also directs the user to several background systems and map service products. The project to update the website will be launched in 2023. The new website will be launched by the end of year 2023. The updated website will take accessibility requirements into account.

The Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) has assessed the accessibility of the site together with the system supplier from the perspective of the accessibility requirements at WCAG 2.1 A and AA levels. The website meets some of the requirements. We have made the following improvements:

  • The go to content link has been added. Those using screen readers are able to jump through all the parts that repeat on the pages directly to the beginning of the content section.
  • Navigation without a mouse has been improved.
  • Form input fields and header texts have been combined.
  • Action buttons have had text matches added.
  • Instructions have been prepared for content providers to improve accessibility.
  • The contrasts and sizes of the background colour and texts have been made better.

Accessibility requirements that are not being met

Some of the functions and contents of the current service will not able to meet the requirements without significant changes and costs. Updating the website and simultaneously improving the accessibility of the current website with limited resources put an unreasonable burden on the Finnish Environment Institute. Until the launch of the new website, the ‘disproportionate burden’ exception under Article 5 of the Web Accessibility Directive shall be applied to the following matters:

  • The contents of text matches in pictures, icons and graphs, contrasts between colours and elements, and text sizes do not meet the accessibility requirements in all respects.
  • There are some flaws in the tagging of headers, such as empty header tags.
  • The PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files released after 23 September 2018 are not all accessible.
  • File types are not always mentioned as part of the link.
  • Graphs are missing header texts, captions and summaries.
  • Data saved on maps is not accessible.
  • Links leading to other websites do not include a warning about leaving the website.
  • Link texts are not sufficiently descriptive in all respects.

The following functions are not accessible, as accessibility legislation does not apply to them:

  • PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files released before 23 September 2018
  • audio and video attachments released before 23 September 2020.
  • live audio and video broadcasts
  • online maps and map services
  • third party content that is not funded, developed or controlled by the environmental management.

The following separate content offered on the website:

  • The Itämeri-laskuri service

Contact information and how to give feedback on the accessibility of the website

If you would like information or services available on the website in a non-accessible form in an alternative form, please email us at

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki FINLAND

Tel. +358 295 252 001

In the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke), accessibility issues and feedback are mainly handled by administrative and communications services. You have the right to give us feedback on the accessibility of our site. We are very grateful for all comments, questions and suggestions for improvement, because we want to make our services as accessible as possible. On matters related to accessibility, you can contact us by email at

You have also the right to submit a request for clarification of the accessibility of our website or a complaint to the supervisory authority if you receive an unsatisfactory response from us to your contact. For more information and instructions, visit the website maintained by the supervisory authority at

Published 2020-09-22 at 14:27, updated 2023-01-18 at 10:40

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