National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) now providing topographic data for free
As of 1 May 2012, Finland’s NLS agency are now providing nationwide topographic data free of charge. The data, in both vector and raster format, are no longer subject to licence or right-to-use restrictions and fees. This new national resource also includes imagery and Lidar data.
An accompanying on-line data download service is currently under development and is expected to be fully operational by the end of May 2012 (http://www.maanmittauslaitos.fi/en/file_download_service). Anyone wishing to access to data in the mean time will have to pay a small handling fee. Not included in the free data service are maritime data, due to liability concerns, and property boundary lines as these remain subject to copyright.
Although commercial use of the free data is permitted (subject to attribution), the download service is not intended for businesses requiring large amounts of data. Bulk data orders will continue to be processed and delivered separately.