When invoicing Finnish government agencies

Verkkolaskutus, kuvitus, laskuta valtiota

In Finland each electronic invoice sender and receiver has their own intermediator that can be a Finnish bank or operator which is responsible for handling and delivering sender and receiver’s electronic invoicing delivery process. These operators and banks have bilateral interconnection between each other (a four-corner model), which then composes so called open eInvoice network.

Four-corner model

  • Basic principle in four-corner model is that buyers and sellers may use different operators (service providers)
  • Sellers and buyers have agreement with their chosen operator for message transfer
  • Operators take care of needed message conversions
  • Operators have bilateral agreement for interchange
  • Main practice is that interchange between operators is free of charge (however there are exceptions in this practice)
Four-corner model, verkkolaskutussivusto

OpusCapita is the Finnish Government’s electronic invoicing service provider.

Finnish government agencies  accept only electronic invoices, with paper invoices being accepted only in exceptional circumstances and to be sent to a post office box number that is provided separately. You can also send attachments with your electornic invoices.

Finnish government agencies do not accept invoices sent as email attachments. Central government will not sign contracts on receiving electronic invoices with any other service provider than OpusCapita.

Alternatives to electronic invoices

If your service provider has an agreement with OpusCapita on sending electronic invoices, you can send the invoices to Finnish government agencies via OpusCapita. It is also possible to send the invoices to government agencies using the Peppol network. If you are not able to send the electronic invoice through the above channels, you can create an electronic invoice free of charge using the Basware Supplier Portal.

Target group: Agencies and institutions
Core process: Supporting financial management
Published 2018-06-07 at  23:44 , updated 2018-06-08 at  14:32 Suomeksi   På svenska   In English

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