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There are many ways for you to explore the Parliament Building and learn about the activities of the Parliament. Come to observe a plenary session, participate in a guided tour or book a remote visit.
Instructions for visits
All guided tours and visits are free.
The guided tours take about 45 minutes, the library presentation takes 1–2 hours.
The guided tours are held in Finnish, Swedish or English. Tours in other languages may be offered, where possible.
Everyone arriving in Parliament will go through a security check that is similar to an airport security check.
The guided tour will take 45 minutes. During the tour, your group will explore the Parliament Building and learn about the activities of the Parliament. The minimum group size is 6 people. Book a guided tour
The public guided tour will take 45 minutes. During the tour, you will explore the Parliament Building and learn about the activities of the Parliament.
Registration forms and more information on public guided tours.
The remote visit will take approximately 45 minutes. During the visit, we will explore the activities of the Parliament, especially the basics of the legislative process and the work that Members of Parliament do. In addition, we will visit some of the Parliament Building’s important sights via video.
Book a remote visit
The start time of the remote visit can be adjusted slightly to account for things like the start of a lesson. The remote visit is carried out through a free Microsoft Teams connection. You can use Teams with a web browser or through an app that you can download onto mobile devices or computers. To ensure a smooth connection, a maximum of 25 people can participate in remote visits via their own devices. You can also participate in a visit by having your group follow the visit from the same device together. If your group uses one device to follow the visit, there are no restrictions on the number of participants. To increase the level of interaction, the camera can be kept on, but it is not necessary.
You can also explore the most important areas of the Parliament Building with a virtual tour.
Start a virtual tour
The Library of Parliament is open to everyone.
Book a guided visit to the library at least two weeks before the day of the visit. The tour lasts 1–2 hours, or the length can be adjusted according to your needs. The maximum number of participants is 30. Visit the Library of Parliament
Come to observe the Parliament’s plenary sessions from the Plenary Hall gallery. Parliament usually holds plenary sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m. The Thursday plenary sessions opens with Question Time. The plenary session on Friday normally lasts 30 minutes at most. The doors will open 15 minutes before the plenary session.
Read more about the plenary session.
Parliamentary groups and Members of Parliament organise public events at the Visitor’s Centre with non-governmental organisations. The Visitor’s Centre is located in the Parliament’s Little Parliament building. Everyone attending Visitor’s Centre events will go through a security check. Visitor’s Centre
The Parliament occasionally organises public events, such as open house days, for citizens. Open house events also provide an opportunity to visit places that are not normally open to the public in the Parliament Building. We will provide information about upcoming public events on this page.
School children and students are welcome to take guided Parliament tours throughout the year. We support the democracy education of schools by reserving the Parliament’s May tours only for schools and educational institutions.
You can book tours in May via the online booking service. A teacher or school representative can request a link to their work email for making school bookings at oppaat(at)eduskunta.fi.
Guided tours and gallery visits take place during office hours, so please be considerate towards the people working in the building. Mobile phones must be set on silent.
Studded shoes are not allowed in the Parliament Building due to sensitive floor materials. If you are wearing studded shoes, always wear protective covers or change into other shoes indoors.
If you have any questions about visiting Parliament, please send an email to oppaat(at)eduskunta.fi.
The guide services' call centre is open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., tel. +358 (0)9 432 2013.
The visitor entrance of the Parliament is located on Mannerheimintie, on the right side of the main stairs.
The easiest way to get to the Parliament is by public transport. The walking distance to the Parliament Building from the Helsinki Railway Station and Kamppi Bus Terminal is less than a kilometre. There are no parking spaces in front of the Parliament Building. There are paid parking spaces provided by the City of Helsinki and private parking garages near the Parliament.
– Visitor entrance B (guided tours, plenary sessions, open house)– Library of Parliament C – Little Parliament F (Visitor’s Centre public events)
Accessible map of parliament house