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Cookies are small text files that are saved in your browser when you visit a website. The purpose of cookies is to maintain certain user preferences (e.g. language) for a certain period of time. In this way, you do not need to make the same selections again when you move from one page to another during the same session.

Some of the cookies used on the website are necessary to ensure the performance of the website. The necessary cookies ensure the technical functionality of the website, and they are not intended for any other purposes. Connections to the website are always secure (https).

In addition, the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment uses cookies whose information is used for website visitor statistics and analyses as well as the development of the pages and their content. The data collected is not used for marketing, and tracking data is not disclosed outside the Government. Only Finnish ministries have access to the tracking data of other ministries, which they use to improve their online communications.

Cookies may also be set by third parties whose service content is shown on our website as embed-dings (embeddings in social media channels). 

Necessary cookies

A cookie set by a content management system (Liferay) that saves the information about the ena-bling of cookies in a browser’s settings. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management system cookie that saves visitors’ language settings to be used the next time the visitors return to the site. The cookie expires after one year.

A content management cookie used for linking users to their sessions. The cookie expires when the session ends.

A content management system cookie used to save the time stamp of the visitor’s session and to warn the visitor that their session is about to expire. The cookie expires after one year.

Cookies set by Amazon used to balance the load of servers and to ensure uninterrupted sessions for visitors. This improves the user experience of the site. The latter cookie is used to ensure the correct functioning of the website with newest browser versions. The cookies expire after one week.

A cookie set by Valtori used to store information on whether cookies are enabled or disabled in the visitor’s browser settings (cookie banner). The cookie expires after one year.

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Server environment cookies used for detecting and preventing bot and malware traffic and attacks. The cookies expire after 30 minutes or when the session ends.

Visitor tracking cookies

If the visitor has enabled the use of cookies, the visitor tracking cookies collect general statistic information on the visitor’s use of the website. This information is used to improve the online service and in quality control. The collected information includes the site from which the visitor arrived at the website, pages loaded, timestamp, browser and operating system of the visitor’s device and the visitor’s internet service provider.

The purpose of the visitor tracking is not to identify individual visitors, and IP addresses are not saved as they are. The visitor’s IP address is used to identify the organisation the address is registered to and to determine the visitor’s geographical location.

The cookie assigns a unique identifier to each visitor. The cookie expires after two years.

This cookie is used to save information on the user’s session for the duration of the session. The cookie expires when the session ends.

This cookies is used to save information on the user’s session for 30 minutes at most, although the user would visit other websites and open other browser tabs.

Third-party applications

Some pages use third-party applications to show the content. Such pages are, for example, Soundcloud podcasts, YouTube videos, Google Maps and Slideshare presentations, which are embedded on the pages. These applications may set cookies in the user’s browser when loading the page. The cookies send information about the download and address to a third party. 

These cookies cannot be controlled through the cookie settings on the website. The third-party cookies can be disabled or enabled in the browser’s cookie settings. Instructions are available at

More information about the cookie practices of the services are available on the services’ own websites: 

Disabling cookies

The website has a cookie banner. Visitors are asked to give consent for the use of non-essential cookies and plug-ins when they visit the website.
If a visitor does not enable the cookies, the non-essential cookies and plug-ins are not used.
Visitors can change their cookie preferences by clicking the link below. Clicking the link shows the cookie banner again.

Technical log data on the website and telecommunications connections

Technical log data is collected on the use of the website and the telecommunications connections used to access it. This data is necessary for the provision of the online service and for ensuring information security.

The log data includes information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, such as their IP address and timestamp. The log data is only used to enable the provision of the service via the telecommunications network and to investigate any disruptions and information security incidents.

Processing personal data related to the provision of the online service and ensuring information security is necessary for the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration to comply with the legal obligation to which it as a controller is subject under the General Data Protection Regulation.

The centre’s  online services are provided by Valtori. Valtori’s partner Cloudflare Inc. utilises one per cent of the visitor log data to improve their service. The data is transferred to the United States for this purpose. The legal basis for the transfer of data is the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Commission.

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