Drone laws in Finland (Updated for 2020)

height flight limit

150m max height

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in Finland in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Are drones legal in Finland?

Yes. Drones are legal in Finland. Finland stands out as a good place for drone pilots as its laws are liberal. You can easily socialize with the drone community in Rovaniemi, Inari, and Helsinki. 

The town of Kemi is off-limits to drone users. For questions on the regulatory requirements of Finnish drones, check out info@dronerules.eu

The body overlooking Finnish drone laws is Traficom 

For any inquiries, Contact


Email kirjaamo@trafi.fi 

Tel: +358-295345000

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What are the drone laws in Finland?

The rules and regulation is quite clear and concise compared to many countries, and if you make sure to respect the following rules, you're good to go.

Any other rule I might have left out can be downloaded.

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How are drones classified in Finland?

Flying over any gathering of people is a preserve of the security agencies. This covers sports areas, concerts, and events. However, there are special situations where it can be allowed.

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What are the rules around recreational drones?

  • Is not used for commercial activities
  • Keeps off not industrial sites and urban centers
  • Maintains flight within a visual line of sight.
  • Limits operations to daytime hours.
  • Recreational drone pilots should operate under the Aviation act 864 of 2014.
  • Operate with liability coverage.
  • Keep off urban areas, clouds, and other restricted areas.
  • Your drone should weigh less than 25 Kg.
  • Switchboard must have a manual override.
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What are the rules around model aircraft drones?

  • A model aircraft drone is also not used for commercial activities.
  • Flight must be within line of sight.
  • Usually operated during the day
  • The pilots must adhere to the regulations set out on the Aviation act 864 of 2014.
  • The user should not have a fully automated switchboard (must have a manual override make)
  • Avoid flying the drone towards clouds, urban areas, industries, and other restricted sites.
  • Operate with 3rd party liability insurance.
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What are the rules around model aircraft drones?

  • A professional drone is used for scientific, commercial and manufacturer testing.
  • They have the authorization to fly over urban areas and industrial sites
  • They can fly for long distances - beyond the visual line of sight.
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Can I get the drone app information on an app?

There is an app developed by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, which gives you all the information necessary when flying your drone.

To qualify for the professional drone category, one must:

  • Get registered nationally and abide by the Aviation Act of 864 in 2014.
  • Operate under a national identity
  • Operate an automated flight control equipped with a manual override.
  • Have 3rd party liability insurance.
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What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Finland?

Areas that are off access for drone pilots are oil refineries, nuclear plants, military installations, and government areas.


To fly your drone close to an aerodrome, you will require permission from a watchtower operator. You can get this authorization here.

DJI drone owners will find that their drones are unable to take off when around restricted drone areas.

Is Finland expecting tough new laws on drones?

New stricter aviation laws are expected to go into effect this March. The new laws will give police the ability to stop drones from flying around emergency sites, nuclear sites and other strategic installations like airports. 

How can I register a drone in Finland?

Drone registration is once a year and must be done before you fly within the country. As part of the process, you are to enter the personal details of you and the drone on an application form available online.  

Can I be penalized?

The amount fined or the extent of your punishment will be arrived at based on the severity of your infringement.

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Finland?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)


30min battery


No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.


I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.


  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app


  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery


Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.


DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.


  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate


  • battery life ins't that amazing
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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
romania flying map dji
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Make money with your drone

  • Only if you're serious
  • No experience required
  • I make up to 200$/h after it
  • Yes, it's a course
  • Yes, It's the best I know
  • Everything from A to Z

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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