Financial service providers will pass through state channels in Finland



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The president of finland signed an ordinance on the regulation of cryptocurrency service providers by the government.

With the latest amendment in the digital currency sector, the Finnish government has passed a law to regulate cryptocurrency in Finland. All crypto service providers will need to work under FSA (Financial Supervisory Authority) guidelines, after registering with them. In this sense, they will also have to carry out all the verification procedures in due form. With the law being implemented from next week, this has huge ramifications in a flow built on anonymity, as state cryptocurrency regulation will increase accountability at every node of digital finance.

Ministry of Finance issues guidelines

In its announcement, the Department of Finance said it would be mandatory for all companies involved in bitcoin and “issuing virtual currencies” to register with the FSA.

These organizations will have to prove their credibility to obtain a license. To do this, they must be able to effectively manage accounts, maintain separate records for user and company funds, and comply with AML and CFT laws. They will also need to provide sufficient security and storage devices to prove their ability to handle client funds.

Sources said that any companies that do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to work and face a circumstantial fine. There will be a transition period until November 1, before which the service providers will be allowed to work without a license. At a meeting convened by Fin-FSA at the Bank of Finland on May 15, the body will deliberate on the rules and standards to be followed by pre-existing and future crypto service providers.

New amendment: an extension of the European directive

This new amendment follows the EU law changes of May 2018 (Money Laundering Directive) under which all EU members must integrate virtual currency services under the AML guidelines and CFT of January 2020. Although these are centralized guidelines for all states of the European Union, this does not guarantee that a service provider registered in Finland will do business in another member state without obtaining a license from that country. This is obvious because all the Member States have different operating rules in matters of finance.

The 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AML) is an improvement on the 4th AML in that it is specifically designed to address the challenges posed by cryptocurrency. The biggest downside and advantage of cryptocurrency is the anonymity associated with its handling. It is a logistical and intelligence nightmare for the government, and a gold mine for those involved in crime, money laundering, extortion, etc. Many cryptocurrencies also pass through the darknet where it is impossible to track the origin of any transaction. This brings us to 5AML which requires all cryptocurrency service providers to be registered with the appropriate national authorities like BaFin in Germany or the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

As a result of these changes, more traditional businesses will be able to implement the use of cryptocurrency, thereby increasing its market. This will allow European companies to compete with Asian markets which have already placed Crypto under the legislative umbrella, thus ensuring widespread and supervised use.

Another very important effect that these measures have in asserting cryptocurrency as a form of white collar money is that it will help create an atmosphere in which everyone has some form of trust while using these digital payments. It will be a bit of a transition similar to that of cash-to-cards. For crypto to be successful, it needs to broaden its wavelength of customers and all of these steps will go a long way in making it happen.

Even before the order can get approval from the president, firm action can already be seen moving with Bitcoins. A marketplace operating out of Helsinki has announced that it is working on ways to improve itself in light of the new guidelines. They have created a new account registration system in which users will be able to authenticate their basic information during the registration process itself.


The ease of access and the reduction in logistics costs brought by cryptocurrency are certainly indisputable, but the risks involved are too serious to ignore.

Therefore, such changes in the law are necessary to stay in tune with the ever-changing digital world and the ever-increasing capacities of those with nefarious intentions.


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