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Times change. Our mission stays

Throughout its history, Posti has delivered things that matter to people.

Times change. Our mission stays

Throughout its history, Posti has delivered things that matter to people.


Get to know the almost 400 year history of Posti

The things transported have changed over the years, but the responsibility for delivery has not. In the 17th century, we rowed across the Archipelago Sea. Now, we travel by bike, electric freight scooter and truck. Early on we delivered letter written with quills, followed by telegrams and typewritten and digitally printed messages.

You can also familiarize yourself with the history of postal services and the Posti Group at the Postal Museum .


  • Governor-General Per Brahe establishes postal services in Finland, then part of the Kingdom of Sweden.


  • 1811

    A central postal administration is established for the postal services of autonomous Finland.

  • 1856

    Stamps are introduced in Finland.

  • 1858

    Home delivery of letters and newspapers begins.

  • 1864

    Posti hires women as the first government institution in Finland.

  • 1871

    Posti takes into use postcards.


  • 1923

    The transport of air mail abroad is launched. The first route was between Helsinki and Tallinn.

  • 1927

    The Telegraph is merged with the Finnish Post to form Post and Telegraph.

  • 1958

    Sunday deliveries of newspapers are commenced. When newspaper order deliveries and air deliveries started in 1958-1959, it was the first time when newspapers traveled from the capital area to all around Finland within the same day.

  • 1978

    The mail sorting center system is implemented gradually in the 1970s. The largest, the Helsinki Postal Centre, is launched.

  • 1980-luku 

    The domestic letter mail system is reorganized in 1984. The old letter-card-print-small parcel classification is replaced by two delivery classes: daily mail, that is first-class letters, and economy mail, that is, second-class letters.

    Posti initiates the development of eLetter and printing services.

    Posti begins testing their first electric cars.


  • 2001

    Posti becomes a public limited company.

  • 2004

    Posti introduces a new consumer product: the self-portrait stamp, which comes second in the World Mail Awards 2004 review.

  • 2006

    Posti takes into use as the first company in Finland a biogas truck.

  • 2007

    As the first Finnish logistics company, Posti tries out the use of biodiesel in its vehicles.

  • 2009

    Launch of climate-friendly Itella Green delivery services.

  • 2011

    Posti brings the first parcel points to Finland.

  • 2014

    Posti’s headquarters in Helsinki is awarded the Green Office label.

  • 2016

    Posti is awarded a gold-level rating by the international research company EcoVadis for its CSR performance in 2015.

  • 2019

    Posti continued to grow in logistics: Posti completed the acquisition of the in-house logistics company Suomen Transval Group Oy in May. The acquisition was a step in Posti's logistics services growth strategy and Posti has become a significant operator in logistics outsourcing solutions in Finland.

  • 2020

    Posti strengthens its position in Sweden and Norway by buying Aditro Logistics, one of the leading Nordic contract logistics companies.

  • 2030

    Posti achieves its goal of carbon neutrality.