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The Governing Body of Suomenlinna is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture that restores, maintains and administers Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and provides information about the island. The Governing Body was established in 1973 as Suomenlinna was transferred from the Finnish Defence Forces to civil administration.

A wide range of duties

The tasks of the Governing Body of Suomenlinna include restoration and maintenance of the fortress, buildings and landscape, leasing of business facilities and apartments, provision of information and administration of Suomenlinna.

Year-round, the Governing Body of Suomenlinna employs approximately 90 specialists from various fields. In the summer, i.e. the high season for tourism, there are more employees; especially the Maintenance unit employs fixed-term outdoor area workers.

The staff of the Governing Body consists of e.g. gardeners, architects, caretakers, tourist information personnel, carpenters, cleaners, electricians, painters and administrators.

The host of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

As the host of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Governing Body of Suomenlinna is responsible for preserving the monument and associated historical and architectural values for future generations, too.

The World Heritage Convention obliges the Finnish government to see to it that the fortress remains in an optimally authentic condition. Read more about World Heritage and the special characteristics that put Suomenlinna on UNESCO’s list in 1991.