The contents of the Bank of Finland's Internet pages are being expanded. They will now feature a blog, expressing opinions on current affairs affecting the central bank. The pages will also include the chance to browse historically interesting material, the Bank's library collection's data bank and monitoring data from the Bank of Finland's Institute for Economies in Transition. 
The new blog will appear approximately once a month with key experts from the Bank as bloggers. Our first blog has been written by Tuomas Välimäki, head of the Market Operations unit, on the subject of "Monetary policy, but at what risk?" The blog will be written in Finnish.
The Bank of Finland's Internet site will provide the chance to source historical material from the beginning of the last century onwards. Old year books in Finnish (1914–1996) and English (1921–1996), forecasts (1980–1998), issues of the Bank of Finland Monthly Bulletin (1922–1996) and individual old research papers have been digitised and provided for browsing through the Bank's library link. Part of the material now released has previously been marked as secret.
The Bank's library link allows access to the library collection's data bank. The library's collection mainly covers works on monetary and currency policy, banking operations, financial markets and the economy in general. The library's books can be borrowed or, by registering as a reader, can be read in situ. The library is open 12:00–3:30 pm at Rauhankatu 19, Helsinki.
The site also includes monitoring data from the research unit's Bank of Finland's Institute for Economies in Transition, BOFIT, which contains material on economic monitoring publications dating back to 1998. The data bank includes eight hundred different publications that examine economic issues relating to Russia, China and Eastern Europe. It is possible to search the data base in either English or Finnish.
For more information, please contact: Mia Ristimäki, communications officer, tel +358 10 831 2213.