Itella started out as a national postal company in Finland, benefiting from the forward-looking Nordic home market. Through continued investments and systematic R&D, Itella advanced into new growth areas like communications, logistics and e-invoicing from early on. In the 2000s, Itella has joined forces with leading growth companies in Europe and Russia.

You can familiarize yourself with the history of postal services and the Group at the "Stories" exhibition of the Post Museum.

  • 2014
  • OpusCapita becomes a subgroup of Itella Group and Itella Logistics Russia, as of May 1st Itella Russia, becomes its own business group.

  • 2013
  • Itella's Vision 2020: growth through e-commerce and the Russian market. The new eCommerce unit strengthens Itella's position in e-commerce.

     

  • Itella divests Itella Bank to Savings Banks.

  • Posti introduces 235 new service outlets. 25 biogas-powered vehicles are taken into use in mail delivery.

     

  • Itella outsources some of its IT functions to IBM.

  • In Finland, Itella sells Logia Software to the company’s operative management and the new logistics center in Pennala is completed.

  • 2012
  • Heikki Malinen is appointed Itella’s new President and CEO.

  • Itella becomes a member of the Diversity Charter Finland and the Climate Partners network. The Finnish Association for Human Resource Management HENRY ry and Ilmarinen award Itella's project "More well-being through interactive and participatory management" with their 2011 recognition for action in the field of HR.

  • In Finland, Itella Logistics acquires the groupage logistics business of VR Transpoint and becomes one of the first Finnish companies to introduce electric vans into its fleet. Itella Logistics obtains the first environmental certificate in Russia.

  • The payroll services of Itella Group transfer from Silta to Itella Information Oy. Itella Information sells its printing services business in Germany to the company's operative management and closes down its operations in Romania.

  • Itella Bank begins operations as a deposit bank.

  • 2011
  • Itella becomes the first postal company in the world to offer entirely carbon-neutral delivery services. The new Postal Act takes effect in June. The number of distance-sales parcels starts to increase and SmartPOST automatic parcel terminals are introduced. 2nd class letters are delivered faster and no longer have the minimum quantity requirement.

  • Itella Logistics strengthens its position as a service provider in the U.S., and also develops the global air and sea transport services in Asia. In Finland, Itella Logistics start to build the new Pennala logistics center.

  • Itella Mail Communications transfers its mail services business to the new subsidiary Itella Posti Oy.

  • Itella Information acquires OpusCapita in Finland and NewSource GmbH in Hanover Germany.

  • 2010
  • New sorting technology successfully deployed by Itella Mail Communications. The mail process is awarded the ISO 14001 environmental certificate. The parcel terminal business ofSmartPOST is acquired in Estonia.

  • Itella Logistics reinforces its position in Russia in transport services. In Finland, parcel and express services are transferred to Itella Mail Communications.

  • Over 5 million e-letters are sent through the Netposti online mailbox. The Living Lab piloted multi-channel mail delivery options in cooperation with the customers.

  • Itella Information concludes the first major customer deals on the Alligator solution for financial management outsourcing. In Poland, Outsourcing Solutions is acquired as part of Itella Information.

  • 2009
  • Launch of climate-friendly Itella Green delivery services. 

  • Itella Information expands into financial management through a corporate acquisition (Tuottotieto) and launches business in Russia and new countries in Central Europe. It acquires full ownership of a joint venture Itella Information AS from Norway Post and the digitization business of the Lithuanian company Info-Tec.

  • 2008
  • Itella Mail Communications acquires Connexions in Russia, a company specializing in direct marketing services, and in Finland DH Tools Oy, an expert in campaign management.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: NLC Group (National Logistic Company) in Russia and Kauko Group in Finland. Operations begins in the St. Petersburg Logistics Centre.

    Itella Logistics is the first to test an automated parcel terminal in Finland and Estonia.

  • Itella Information expands to Poland through the corporate acquisition of BusinessPoint and acquires Tuottotieto Oy in Finland. The iPost service receives the 2008 innovation award at the CeBIT technology trade fair in Germany.

  • 2007
  • The parent company's name is changed to Itella Corporation.

  • Itella Mail Communications launches an investment and development program of EUR 160 million focusing on postal infrastructure. The direct marketing services provider Itella TGM becomes part of the Itella Mail Communication business group.

  • The office services operations of the Inhouse unit are sold to ISS Palvelut Oy. 

  • The Finnish Post tests biodiesel in its vehicles, being the first Finnish transport company to do so.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: SHW-Logistiikka Oy in Finland and PS Logistics AB in Sweden. Operations begins in the Moscow Logistics Centre.

    EMS-Cooperative, subordinate to the Universal Postal Union UPU, grants Finland Post a gold level award for the quality standards of EMS express services (Express Mail Services) in Finland.

    EDI Management Finland Ltd changes its name to Oy Confidea Business Consulting Ltd, and the subsidiary Logia Oy becomes Itella Logistics Oy.

  • ltella Finland Oy and Elma Oyj Electronic Trading merge to Itella Information Logistics Oy. In the same year, the name is abridged to Itella Information Oy. It acqres Infologistics Scandinavia AB and part of DigiDoc,in Sweden.

  • 2006
  • Itella TGM acquires the target group management business from WM-Data Oy and acquires the business of Etelä-Karjalan Jakelu Oy.

     

  • The Finnish Post is the first company in Finland to introduce a natural gas operated car for delivery purposes.

  • Logistics operations expand through corporate acquisitions in Sweden (Roadlink Spedition) and Norway (Universal Spedisjon). North Euroway Oy and Logia Moda Oy merges with Logia Oy. DHL (formerly, Danzas), owned by the German Post, buys Finland Post's share of Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy.

  • 2005
  • Finland's largest personnel fund established.

  • Acquisitions in Itella Logistics: Combifragt Group (Denmark, Latvia, and Lithuania) and John Nurminen Oy's fashion logistics business, Logia Moda Oy (Finland). Operations begin at the Kotka Mussalo logistics centre.

  • Finland Post tests the applicability of RFID technology for its transport processes.

  • The marketing name ‘Itella' is used for the Finland Post's information logistics' companies in eight Northern European countries. The name of the Finnish subsidiary Atkos Oy is changed to Itella Finland Oy. In Estonia, ItellaAS opens an electronic invoice website for consumer customers.

  • 2004
  • The Finnish Post introduces a new consumer product: the self-portrait stamp, which comes second in the World Mail Awards 2004 review.

  • Jakeluykkönen merges with Finland Post. Finland Post Corporation increases its holding in Poske Logistiikka Oy to 100 per cent. Poske Logistiikka Oy and LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy merges with Logia Oy. Finland Post gaines full ownership of North Euroway Oy.

  • Finland Post Corporation increases its holding in Poske Logistiikka Oy to 100 per cent. Poske Logistiikka Oy and LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy merges with Logia Oy. Finland Post gaines full ownership of North Euroway Oy.

  • The electronic mail communication business group changes its name to Information Logistics. Its operations expand through the corporate acquisition of the subsidiaries of Swedish Post in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Further expansion in Finland through the corporate acquisition of Elma Oyj Electronic Trading.

  • 2003
  • The early morning newspaper delivery business Leijonajakelu acquired from Sanoma Osakeyhtiö as part of Mail Communications. As a result of the deal, the Post's market share in early-morning delivery increased from 40% to 70%.

  • In Finland, Atkos Oy acquires Mailer Oy and Ykköslogistiikka Oy, thus reinforcing its expertise in marketing operations. Company acquisitions in the Baltic countries from Swedgiro AB, a Swedish Post subsidiary, increase the offering of international digital services.

  • Logistics business group is fully responsible for domestic parcel services. Finland Post acquires the entire capital stock of Logia Oy and the majority of shares in the logistics operator North Euroway Oy and EDI Management Finland Ltd.

  • 2002
  • Finland Post and Libri-Logistiikka Oy establishes a joint venture, Logia Oy, of which Finland Post owned 50 per cent. Poske-Logistiikka Oy, a joint venture of Finland Post and Rautakesko, launches operations and Finland Post establishes LP-Logistika OÜ, its subsidiary in Estonia.

  • Information logistics operations expand to Germany through corporate acquisitions (Eurocom Depora and Data Informatic). Laskunet, the electronic invoicing service, is introduced.

  • The Finnish Post increases its market share in early-morning delivery by acquiring part of Esa-Jakelut Oy based in Päijänne Tavastia.

  • 2001
  • Finland Post becomes a public limited company.

  • Finland Post acquires the service warehouse business of Done Logistics Oy and the entire capital stock of LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy. Danzas, owned by German Post, acquires a majority share in Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy.

  • Information logistics operations are expanded through corporate acquisitions in Finland (Atkos) as well as Sweden, Norway and Denmark (Capella Group).  MultiLetter and Netposti are launched for consumers.

  • 2000
  • Nordic Printmail Oy acquires Atkos Oy, the direct advertising service company established in 1970, and the name of the company is changed to Atkos Printmail Oy.

  • 1990s
  • Posts and Telecommunications of Finland becomes a state-owned enterprise known as Posti-Tele in 1990.

  • In 1998, postal and telecom services are demerged into separate companies (Finland Post Group Ltd and Telecom Finland Group Ltd), which are wholly-owned by the State of Finland. The Post and Tieto establish Nordic Printmail Oy, transferring the printing operations of the Post and Tieto to the new company.

  • Trunk and regional transports in Finland are incorporated into the subsidiary Kelpo Kuljetus Fi Oy. Finland Post establishes LP-Logistiikkapalvelut Oy and Global Mail FP Oy.

     

  • The Vantaa Logistics Centre is inaugurated.

  • The Post initiates the development of EDI conversion services.

  • 1980s
  • The domestic letter mail system is reorganized in 1984. The old letter-card-print-small parcel classification is replaced by two delivery classes: daily mail, that is first-class letters, and economy mail, that is, second-class letters.

  • The Post initiates the development of eLetter and printing services.

  • 1978
  • The mail sorting center system is implemented gradually in the 1970s. The largest, the Helsinki Postal Centre, is launched.

  • 1974
  • The remaining Saturday deliveries are discontinued.

  • 1967
  • Afternoon deliveries are discontinued elsewhere than Helsinki, and they are discontinued in the central area of Helsinki in 1975.

  • 1958
  • Sunday deliveries of newspapers are commenced. When newspaper order deliveries and air deliveries started in 1958-1959, it was the first time when newspapers traveled from the capital area to all around Finland within the same day.

  • 1927
  • The Telegraph is merged with the Finnish Post to form Post and Telegraph.

  • 1923
  • The transport of air mail abroad is launched. The first route was between Helsinki and Tallinn.

  • 1858
  • Home delivery of letters and newspapers begins.

  • 1856
  • Stamps are introduced in Finland.

  • 1811
  • A central postal administration is established for the postal services of autonomous Finland. 

  • 1638
  • Governor-General Per Brahe establishes postal services in Finland, then part of the Kingdom of Sweden.