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Aerial photographs

Aerial photographs have been taken since the 1930’s for Helsinki’s own purposes. The photographs have been used, for example, in city planning, mapping and in the planning and treatment of the natural environment. 


The City of Helsinki has been photographed yearly for maps. The photographing has mainly been done in scale 1:10,000 and 1:4,000.  

The aerial photographs have been used to produce orthophotographs and orthophotograph series. An orthophotograph is a photograph taken from a plane straight towards the ground surface, which has been corrected for distortions and compiled into a seamless aerial photograph that has been attached to the coordinate system. The City survey services’s orthophotograph series can be viewed on Helsinki’s map service ( 

These photographs can be used to create combinations of aerial photographs, according to the needs of the customer. False-colour aerial photographs are available from certain years.

Oblique photographs

The photographers of the City survey services have photographed Helsinki from the air for several years to accommodate the needs of the customers. The number of oblique photographs taken, based on separate orders, is approximately 1,000–2,500 per year. A browsing archive with thousands of oblique photographs from different years is available at the City survey services. 

Lidar datasets

Since lidar technologies became more common, lidar data has been ordered yearly in connection to the aerial photographing. Laser point cloud materials of the entire City area are available since 1999. The city has been scanned only partly every year, which means that the material spanning the entire City is compiled by combining scans from different years. Laser point cloud materials are available in LAS and POD file formats. 

Availability and terms of use for the materials

The materials of the City survey services are available according to a separate order or contract. The valid price list and terms of use apply. For further information, check the page: Map sales and permits.


Further information:

The Urban Environment Division, City survey services
Customer service, tel. +358 9 310 22111

Visiting address:
Työpajankatu 8 (1st floor), Helsinki 58.


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More info: 

Maps in Construction and Printed Maps: 

Customer service, tel. (09) 310 22111;

Special Maps: 

Map products, tel. (09) 310 22111;



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