The Finnish Bar Association was founded in 1919. Today, it is an organization whose activities are regulated by the Advocates Act of 1958.
Today, the Finnish Bar Association has about 2,000 members. The professional title “advocate” may be used only by members of the Bar Association (in Finnish: asianajaja; in Swedish: advokat). Law firms additionally employ about 600 associates. Approximately 130 of the Association’s members are employed by public legal aid offices.
The Finnish Bar Association’s office is located in Helsinki and is managed by the Secretary General of the Association, Mr Markku Ylönen.