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

2010 - 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.
  • In March, Posti closed the divestment of OpusCapita Solutions Oy to a fund managed by Providence Equity Partners L.L.C.
  • In September, Posti acquired E-Log Services Oy, the owner of Pakettikauppa.fi, which offers parcel and ecommerce services.
  • In October, Heikki Malinen, President and CEO of Posti Group resigned and Turkka Kuusisto was appointed as the Interim President and CEO. In February 2020, Kuusisto was appointed as the President and CEO of Posti Group.
  • The last quarter of 2019 was dominated by the strike of the Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU. The Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU’s strike began on November 11 and continued until November 27. The strike concerned some of Posti’s services and hindered the delivery of mail. A significant portion of Posti’s annual results is normally made during the fourth quarter. The strike had a significant negative impact on Posti’s operations.
  • At the end of the year, Posti sold part of its temperature-controlled transport business.


  • On December 5, 2018, the Finnish government decided to transfer 49.9% of the shares of Posti Group Corporation to ownership of the Finnish State Business Development Company Vake Oy. After this 50.1% of Posti’s shares remains in the State’s direct ownership. The transfer of ownership has no effect on Posti´s position and business.
  • In July, Posti opened one of Finland's largest freight terminals in Vantaa according to its strategy to grow in logistics.
  • In April, Itella Russia divested its MaxiPost courier business to the Moscow-based Strategic Business Alliance. According to its strategy, Itella Russia focuses on its core businesses, contract logistics and transportation.
  • During the H1, Posti’s Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian Debt Collection businesses were sold.
  • In September, Posti signed an agreement on acquiring of in-house logistics company Suomen Transval Group Oy. The acquisition was completed on January 25, 2019.
  • In December, Itella Connexions, a Posti subsidiary in Russia, was divested.
  • Posti has renewed its organization and operating model to better correspond to market needs and e-commerce growth. As a part of the renewal, Posti announced on August 27 that Posti Group’s business will be divided into five business groups, of which three will be new. Starting January 1, 2019, the business groups are: Postal Services, Parcel & eCommerce, Logistics Solutions, OpusCapita and Itella Russia.


  • Posti began the construction of a 26,000 m2 freight terminal on Suokalliontie in Vantaa, Finland. The terminal will be completed in summer 2018.
  • In January, Posti acquired HR Hoiva Oy (now known as Posti Kotipalvelut Oy), a provider of home care and personal assistance services to municipalities, joint municipal authorities and private customers.
  • In April, Posti and Solemo Oyestablished Flexo, a joint venture that provides in-house logistics services.
  • In May, Posti’s subsidiary OpusCapita announced that it will sell its Finance and Accounting Outsourcing business to Longship AS, a Norwegian private equity investor. The transaction was finalized in September.
  • Posti acquired the personal assistance business of SOL Henkilöstöpalvelut Oy in the summer. Also in the summer, Posti strengthened its early-morning delivery by acquiring the early-morning delivery operations of Kaakon Viestintä and merging Posti’s early-morning delivery operations into a newly established subsidiary, Posti Palvelut Oy.
  • OpusCapita acquired the Switzerland-based company Billexco AG on July 13, 2017. o OpusCapita’s sending of documents and invoices as well as the digitizing operations in Finland were transferred to Posti’s Mail, Parcel and Logistics Services segment effective from October 1, 2017. Following the transfer, the OpusCapita segment now consists of the Buyer-Supplier Ecosystem business.


  • Itella Logistics and Itella SmartPOST merges into one company in Estonia. Itella SmartPOST will remain the brand name used for Parcel Points in Estonia.
  • Posti acquires Veine, a company specializing in temperature-regulated logistics and Kuljetus Kovalainen. Itella Russia acquires the Russian courier company MaxiPost.
  • Posti’s new terminal in Pirkkala becomes operational. Posti Kiinteistöt sells the Pennala 2 logistics centre in Orimattila and postal center in Seinäjoki and distribution-fulfillment center in Lappeenranta.
  • Posti launches the first municipal cooperation within Posti’s new home services with the South Karelia Social and Health Care District Eksote, as well as consumers' home services e.g. for the holiday season.
  • Posti strengthens its role in international e-commerce by establishing a network of pickup points in the Baltic countries and joining the DHL partner network that offers harmonized international parcel deliveries in 16 European countries.
  • Posti is awarded a gold-level rating by the international research company EcoVadis for its CSR performance in 2015.
  • OpusCapita sells its businesses serving the local markets in the Baltic countries to BaltCap.


  • Patrik Sallner is appointed OpusCapita's new CEO.
  • Posti boosts e-commerce. The logistics center in Vantaa, featuring robot-assisted hybrid storage, and the new Lieto logistics center, equipped with the latest sorting technology, are Posti's answer to the wishes of parcel and e-commerce customers. Posti has one of the most modern sorting and service solutions of its scale in Europe in terms of technology and service integration.
  • OpusCapita acquires the Swedish companies Kredithanterarna and Svenska Fakturaköp. The acquisitions see OpusCapita further strengthen its offering in Order-to-Cash management.
  • Posti commences the renewal of its retail network: Going forward, Posti will operate 21 postal outlets of its own, and negotiations began concerning 77 outlets to be transferred to partners. Posti will also open 100 new service points.
  • Posti sells its Scandinavian road freight business operations to the Danish Nordic Transport Group (NTG). The transaction also includes Posti’s international road, air, and sea freight business in Finland. International freight services will be offered through Posti’s partner network.
  • Meal deliveries by Posti are supplemented with other day-to-day home care services. The new service launches in Espoo by Posti and Helsinki Deaconess Institute Hoiva.
  • Households receive unaddressed advertisements in a separate wrapped bundle twice a week. Postinen is put together with the help of new technology that streamlines heavy work stages and speeds up operations.
  • Itella Corporation changes its name to Posti Group Corporation on January 1.


  • Posti’s headquarters in Helsinki is awarded the Green Office label. WWF’s Green Office is a practical environmental management system targeted at offices that aims to reduce the ecological footprint and greenhouse gases.
  • Logistics services renewes in Scandinavia. With regard to the service offering, Posti will in the future concentrate on road transport between its countries of operation. In this field, Posti already has a firm foothold and the possibility of increasing its market share. Another goal is to develop the road transport service offering in selected market areas in Europe.
  • OpusCapita acquires Norian Group. The acquisition makes OpusCapita one of the major financial accounting outsourcing service providers in Norway.
  • Posti carries out a product-specific delivery experiment: products referred to in the Postal Act as universal service products, as well as newspapers and parcels, were delivered five days a week, whereas letters, advertisements and magazines sent by companies were not delivered in the experiment areas on Tuesdays.
  • Posti sells its Mediabank business to Multiprint. Mediabank EMMi is the market leader in digital asset management services (DAM) in Finland.
  • OpusCapita becomes a subgroup of Itella Group and Itella Russia becomes its own business group on January 1.
  • Quality and environmental certificates to all logistics operations in Finland. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 systems cover all Posti’s logistics operations in Finland. In addition, the occupational health and safety certificate OHSAS 18001 covers more than 20 freight terminals.


  • Itella's Vision 2020: growth through e-commerce and the Russian market. The new eCommerce unit strengthens Itella's position in e-commerce.
  • Itella divests Itella Bank to Savings Banks.
  • Posti introduces 235 new service points. 25 biogas-powered vehicles are taken into use in mail delivery.
  • Itella outsources part of its ICT functions to IBM.
  • Itella Information sells its printing business in Poland to PostNord and changes its name to OpusCapita.
  • In Finland, Itella sells Logia Software to the company’s operative management and the new logistics center in Pennala is completed.


  • Heikki Malinen is appointed Itella’s new President and CEO.
  • Itella becomes a member of the Diversity Charter Finland and the Climate Partners network. The Finnish Association for Human Resource Management HENRY ry and Ilmarinen award Itella's project "More well-being through interactive and participatory management" with their 2011 recognition for action in the field of HR.
  • In Finland, Itella Logistics acquires the groupage logistics business of VR Transpoint and becomes one of the first Finnish companies to introduce electric vans into its fleet. Itella Logistics obtains the first environmental certificate in Russia.
  • The payroll services of Itella Group transfer from Silta to Itella Information Oy. Itella Information sells its printing business in Germany to the company's operative management and closes down its operations in Romania.
  • Itella Bank begins operations as a deposit bank.


  • Itella becomes the first postal company in the world to offer entirely carbon-neutral delivery services. The new Postal Act takes effect in June. The number of distance-sales parcels starts to increase and SmartPOST automatic parcel terminals are introduced. 2nd class letters are delivered faster and no longer have the minimum quantity requirement.
  • Itella Logistics strengthens its position as a service provider in the U.S., and also develops the global air and sea transport services in Asia. In Finland, Itella Logistics starts to build the new Pennala logistics center.
  • Itella Mail Communications transfers its mail services business to the new subsidiary Itella Posti Oy.
  • Itella Information acquires OpusCapita in Finland and NewSource GmbH in Hannover Germany.


  • New sorting technology is successfully deployed by Itella Mail Communications. The mail process is awarded the ISO 14001 environmental certificate. The parcel terminal business of SmartPOST is acquired in Estonia.
  • Itella Logistics reinforces its position in Russia in transport services. In Finland, parcel and express services are transferred to Itella Mail Communications.
  • Over 5 million e-letters are sent through the Netposti online mailbox. The Living Lab piloted multi-channel mail delivery options in cooperation with the customers.
  • Itella Information concludes the first major customer deals on the Alligator solution for financial management outsourcing. In Poland, Outsourcing Solutions is acquired as part of Itella Information.
2000 - 2009


  • Launch of climate-friendly Itella Green delivery services.

  • Itella Information launches business in Russia and new countries in Central Europe. It acquires full ownership of a joint venture Itella Information AS from Norway Post and the digitization business of the Lithuanian company Info-Tec.


  • Itella Mail Communications acquires Connexions in Russia, a company specializing in direct marketing services, and in Finland DH Tools Oy, an expert in campaign management.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: NLC Group (National Logistic Company) in Russia and Kauko Group in Finland. Operations begins in the St. Petersburg Logistics Centre.

  • Itella Logistics is the first to test an automated parcel terminal in Finland and Estonia.

  • Itella Information expands to Poland through the corporate acquisition of BusinessPoint and acquires Tuottotieto Oy in Finland. The iPost service receives the 2008 innovation award at the CeBIT technology trade fair in Germany.


  • The parent company's name is changed to Itella Corporation.

  • Itella Mail Communications launches an investment and development program of EUR 160 million focusing on postal infrastructure. The direct marketing services provider Itella TGM becomes part of the Itella Mail Communication business group.

  • The office services operations of the Inhouse unit are sold to ISS Palvelut Oy.

  • The Finnish Post tests biodiesel in its vehicles, being the first Finnish transport company to do so.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: SHW-Logistiikka Oy in Finland and PS Logistics AB in Sweden. Operations begins in the Moscow Logistics Centre.

  • EMS-Cooperative, subordinate to the Universal Postal Union UPU, grants Finland Post a gold level award for the quality standards of EMS express services (Express Mail Services) in Finland.

  • EDI Management Finland Ltd changes its name to Oy Confidea Business Consulting Ltd, and the subsidiary Logia Oy becomes Itella Logistics Oy.

  • ltella Finland Oy and Elma Oyj Electronic Trading merge to Itella Information Logistics Oy. In the same year, the name is abridged to Itella Information Oy. It acquires Infologistics Scandinavia AB and part of DigiDoc in Sweden.


  • Foundation for Well-being at Work is established.

  • Itella TGM acquires the target group management business from WM-Data Oy and acquires the business of Etelä-Karjalan Jakelu Oy.

  • The Finnish Post is the first company in Finland to introduce a natural gas operated car for delivery purposes.

  • Logistics operations expand through corporate acquisitions in Sweden (Roadlink Spedition) and Norway (Universal Spedisjon). North Euroway Oy and Logia Moda Oy merges with Logia Oy. DHL (formerly, Danzas), owned by the German Post, buys Finland Post's share of Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy.


  • Finland's largest personnel fund established.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: Combifragt Group (Denmark, Latvia, and Lithuania) and John Nurminen Oy's fashion logistics business, Logia Moda Oy (Finland). Operations begin at the Kotka Mussalo logistics centre.

  • Finland Post tests the applicability of RFID technology for its transport processes.

  • The marketing name ‘Itella' is used for the Finland Post's information logistics' companies in eight Northern European countries. The name of the Finnish subsidiary Atkos Oy is changed to Itella Finland Oy. In Estonia, ItellaAS opens an electronic invoice website for consumer customers.


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

  • Jakeluykkönen merges with Finland Post.

  • Finland Post Corporation increases its holding in Poske Logistiikka Oy to 100 per cent. Poske Logistiikka Oy and LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy merges with Logia Oy. Finland Post gaines full ownership of North Euroway Oy.

  • The electronic mail communication business group changes its name to Information Logistics. Its operations expand through the corporate acquisition of the subsidiaries of Swedish Post in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Further expansion in Finland through the corporate acquisition of Elma Oyj Electronic Trading.


  • The early morning newspaper delivery business Leijonajakelu acquired from Sanoma Osakeyhtiö as part of Mail Communications. As a result of the deal, the Post's market share in early-morning delivery increased from 40% to 70%.

  • In Finland, Atkos Oy acquires Mailer Oy and Ykköslogistiikka Oy, thus reinforcing its expertise in marketing operations. Company acquisitions in the Baltic countries from Swedgiro AB, a Swedish Post subsidiary, increase the offering of international digital services.

  • Logistics business group is fully responsible for domestic parcel services. Finland Post acquires the entire capital stock of Logia Oy and the majority of shares in the logistics operator North Euroway Oy and EDI Management Finland Ltd.


  • Finland Post and Libri-Logistiikka Oy establishes a joint venture, Logia Oy, of which Finland Post owned 50 per cent. Poske-Logistiikka Oy, a joint venture of Finland Post and Rautakesko, launches operations and Finland Post establishes LP-Logistika OÜ, its subsidiary in Estonia.

  • Information logistics operations expand to Germany through corporate acquisitions (Eurocom Depora and Data Informatic). Laskunet, the electronic invoicing service, is introduced.

  • The Finnish Post increases its market share in early-morning delivery by acquiring part of Esa-Jakelut Oy based in Päijänne Tavastia.


  • Finland Post becomes a public limited company.

  • Finland Post acquires the service warehouse business of Done Logistics Oy and the entire capital stock of LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy. Danzas, owned by German Post, acquires a majority share in Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy.

  • Information logistics operations are expanded through corporate acquisitions in Finland (Atkos) as well as Sweden, Norway and Denmark (Capella Group). MultiLetter and Netposti are launched for consumers.


  • Nordic Printmail Oy acquires Atkos Oy, the direct advertising service company established in 1970, and the name of the company is changed to Atkos Printmail Oy.

1923 - 1990


    • In 1998, postal and telecom services are demerged into separate companies (Finland Post Group Ltd and Telecom Finland Group Ltd), which are wholly-owned by the State of Finland. The Post and Tieto establish Nordic Printmail Oy, transferring the printing operations of the Post and Tieto to the new company.

    • Posts and Telecommunications of Finland becomes a state-owned enterprise known as Posti-Tele in 1990.

    • The Vantaa Logistics Centre is inaugurated.

    • Trunk and regional transports in Finland are incorporated into the subsidiary Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy. Finland Post establishes LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy and Global Mail FP Oy.

    • The Post initiates the development of EDI conversion services.


    • 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.

    • The Post initiates the development of eLetter and printing services.


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


    • The remaining Saturday deliveries are discontinued.


    • Afternoon deliveries are discontinued elsewhere than Helsinki, and they are discontinued in the central area of Helsinki in 1975.


    • 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.


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


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

1638 - 1858


    • Home delivery of letters and newspapers begins.


    • Stamps are introduced in Finland.


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


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