FinTech = Financial Technology, namely technology, notably information technology, that is used for the provision of banking, insurance, financial, investment or payment services. The term is also used to refer to growth companies that develop new financial technologies or new services based on financial technologies.

Examples of FinTech innovations and phenomena

  • robotic asset management
  • mobile wallets
  • customer service chatbots
  • crypto assets, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum
  • peer-to-peer lending and peer-to-peer insurance
  • smart contracts.

What is the FIN-FSA’s role in digitalisation and FinTech issues?

Digitalisation is transforming the structures and operating practices of society, and the financial sector is no exception. Increasing competition, regulatory reform and changing customer needs and expectations are encouraging financial companies to develop services and products based on new technologies for their customers. The FIN-FSA keeps track of technological advances and trends in the financial sector, accommodating its supervisory activities to reflect the development of the sector. The FIN-FSA is also the authorisation authority for financial companies. New service providers, such as FinTech start-up companies, apply for authorisation or registration with the FIN-FSA, as required. The FIN-FSA welcomes innovation but, in its role as an authority, it also needs to identify the risks inherent in innovation.

  • Financial sector's capital position as at 31 March 2024: Finnish financial sector’s solvency remained strong in an uncertain operating environment
    The Finnish economy moved from recession to very sluggish growth in the early months of the year, but the financial sector's operating environment is still marked by uncertainty. Despite the weakness of the economy, the banking sector's capital position has remained strong, although in both household and corporate credit the share of stage 2 loans has been growing. The solvency ratio of employee pension institutions strengthened in the first quarter, but that of life and non-life insurance companies weakened slightly. Geopolitical tensions remain and the outlook for interest rates is uncertain, which increases the financial sector’s risks.
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    press release FIN-FSA financial sector Solvency
  • FIN-FSA surveyed the availability and pricing of basic banking services - no significant changes in availability or pricing compared with the past
    The right of customers to basic banking services as specified in law is mainly fulfilled well in Finland. According to an assessment by the Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), in 2023, basic banking services continued to be readily available and, for the most part, reasonably priced. The data used in the survey are based on the situation as at 31 December 2023.
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    FIN-FSA Press release banking services basic banking services survey
  • Penalty payment of EUR 15,000 to Alami Services Oy for failures in compliance with AML regulation
    The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has imposed a penalty payment of EUR 15,000 on Alami Services Oy, a money remittance service provider, for having failed to report to the Financial Intelligence Unit individual or linked payments or remittances with a value of at least EUR 1,000. The reporting is mandatory and concerns each instance of exceeding the sum threshold of EUR 1,000.
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    FIN-FSA Press release
  • Penalty payment of EUR 25,000 to Roble Services Oy for failures in compliance with AML regulation
    The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has imposed a penalty payment of EUR 25,000 on Roble Services Oy for having failed to prepare an adequate risk assessment and to adequately assess the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing involved in customer relationships.
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    FIN-FSA Press release
  • Request by the FIN-FSA for police investigation concerning Oma Savings Bank

    The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has filed a request to the police for criminal investigation concerning suspected securities market offences related to Oma Savings Bank Plc. At the same time, the FIN-FSA is examining the need to impose administrative sanctions on the bank. The FIN-FSA is monitoring the bank's activities closely to ensure the reliable governance of the company. The bank’s financial situation is stable, and it has good liquidity and capital adequacy.

    The corresponding Finnish-language press release was published on 3 May 2024.

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