Skip to main content accessibility statement ( website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) levels A and AA.

The Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) aims to ensure the accessibility of its website in accordance with the Act on the provision of digital services (306/2019).

This accessibility statement applies to the website.

Accessibility status of the website

Our website partially meets the requirements of levels A and AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

Non-compliances and exceptions to the requirements are listed below.

Non-accessible content on our site

The ( website has been subject to an accessibility assessment carried out by an external party (Eficode Oy) at our request in March 2023. This statement was made in connection with the assessment. Between May and June 2023, accessibility corrections were made to the site and the statement has been updated accordingly.

The non-accessible content is divided into three different categories:

  1. Accessibility issues that fall under the Digital Services Act 306/2019.
  2. Disproportionate burden related accessibility issues.
  3. Accessibility issues not covered by the applicable legislation.

1. Non-compliance with Act 306/2019

There are some issues with the accessibility of the website. The most critical accessibility issues will be fixed as soon as possible.

Below is a description of the issues that have been recognised. If you notice a problem with the website that is not listed, please contact us.

Each listed issue description is followed by the corresponding accessibility guideline criterion that the issue relates to.


Some heading levels have been used illogically (WCAG 1.3.1).

Highlighting an active element

Active elements, for example in the main menu and the pagination elements of the search results page, are visually highlighted but not programmatically determined (WCAG 1.3.1).

Correlation between programmed and visual implementation

There are hyperlink cards on the site which are not programmatically determined (WCAG 1.3.1).

Screen reader navigation 

Some elements, such as the modal dialog tabs in the cookie settings, are not accessible or cannot be accessed using a screen reader (WCAG 1.3.2).

Keyboard navigation

Keyboard focus order does not always correspond to the visual presentation, for example in the modal dialog of the cookie banner (WCAG 2.4.3).

Visible focus

Some interactive elements, such as hyperlink cards, do not display a visible focus when using keyboard (WCAG 2.4.7).


There are different types of graphs on the site, some of which are not accessible by screen reader or keyboard (WCAG 1.3.2, 2.1.1).

Graphs made with HighCharts work with keyboard and screen readers, although some of the screen reader text is in English (even when the graph language is Finnish). In addition, in some cases the units are missing from the graph.

Other interactive graphs (e.g. on the Air Pollutant Emissions in Finland page) do not provide all the information with keyboard or screen reader, for example, information that appears only on hover.

Some graphs have insufficient contrasts (WCAG 1.4.3, 1.4.11).

Cookie settings

The cookie settings button opens a modal dialog. The visual focus does not move into the dialog correctly, and the focus does not stay within it. (WCAG 1.3.2, 2.4.3).

The modal dialog selection switches are not sufficiently distinctive from the background (WCAG 1.4.11).

2. Disproportionate burden

The following accessibility issues are subject to the exception of disproportionate burden under Article 5 of the accessibility directive:

  • Some pdf, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files published after 23 September 2018 are not accessible.

3. Accessibility issues not covered by law

The Act on the provision of digital services (306/2019) does not apply to

  • maps,
  • attachments published before 23 September 2018, such as pdf, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files (also, on the basis of disproportionate burden, general form files related to operations are not accessible, but we aim to replace them with accessible e-forms in the future),
  • videos published before 23.9.2020,
  • third-party content that is not funded or developed and controlled by the Administrative Branch of Finland’s Ministry of the Environment.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This accessibility statement is based on an assessment by an external expert organisation (Eficode Oy) of whether the website meets the requirements of the Act on the Provision of Digital Services 306/2019. During May-June 2023, accessibility corrections have been made on the website and the statement has been updated accordingly on 26 June 2023.

Feedback and contact information

Did you notice an accessibility issue on our website? Let us know and we will do our best to remedy the issue.

Please contact us with the feedback form. Select Accessibility as the subject of your feedback.

The Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) is responsible for the accessibility and feedback on the ( website.

Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland acts as a regulatory authority under the act, monitoring compliance with the obligations and requirements laid down.

Enforcement procedure

If you notice accessibility issues on our website, please give us feedback first. It may take up to 14 days for us to respond. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, or if you do not receive a response within two weeks, you can submit feedback to the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland.

Contact information of the regulatory authority

Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland (Etelä-Suomen aluehallintovirasto)
Accessibility control unit (Saavutettavuuden valvonnan yksikkö)
Telephone number (switchboard) +358 295 016 000
Report an accessibility problem using the online form

We are constantly working to improve accessibility

We are committed to improving the accessibility of our digital services and will address identified accessibility issues as soon as possible.


Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)