Supo’s core duties

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) operates in Finland and abroad. Its mission is to ward off and combat the most serious threats to national security.

Supo´s headquarters in Helsinki, Ratakatu 12 address.

Supo produces intelligence information to support decision-making

  • Supo’s duty is to produce forward-looking and relevant intelligence information to state leaders and partner authorities to support decision-making. Intelligence is often the only way to obtain information about new threats in advance.
  • Intelligence is collected through operational work, national and international cooperation and open sources. Foresight is a vital step in intelligence analysis.
  • Intelligence-based reports on phenomena relating to national security are produced for state
    leadership and ministries to support decision-making. Supo also produces threat assessments for authorities, other police units, and occasionally also for companies performing critical security-of-supply functions.

Supo counters terrorism

Supo is responsible for counter-terrorism operations in Finland. Supo:

  • conducts intelligence operations with a view to detecting and preventing the terrorist offences referred to in chapter 34a of the Criminal Code of Finland
  • counters terrorist attack plots against Finland
  • is responsible for exchanging international counter-terrorism intelligence
  • serves as an operational specialist organisation in relation to terrorism
  • develops, maintains and promotes national situational awareness related to the threat of terrorism
  • monitors the nature of activities conducted by domestic extremist movements and assesses
    whether these activities pose a threat to national security.

Supo counters espionage

Supo is tasked with countering foreign intelligence activities directed against Finland and preventing damage caused by them. Supo:

  • counters illegal human intelligence and influence operations conducted by foreign powers against Finland
  • counters espionage conducted by foreign powers against Finland on data networks
  • prevents the dissemination or transit of technology, devices and expertise required for making weapons of mass destruction from or via Finland
  • maintains situational awareness and reports on phenomena or projects that endanger Finland’s national security.

Supo grants security clearances

  • Supo conducts all Finnish security clearance investigations, with the exception of investigations within the defence administration.
  • The security clearance procedure seeks to prevent activities that endanger national security or significant private economic interests.
  • Supo also conducts facility security clearance investigations, and issues opinions on citizenship and residence permit applications and other subjects.