Helsinki Stock Exchange 100 years


The seasonal exhibition at the Bank of Finland Museum presented the highlights from different decades in the 100 year history of Helsinki Stock Exchange.

The exchange has changed with time towards its current role as an international trading forum. Economic upheavals over the years have all been reflected in its work: upswings and downswings, wartime, post-war reconstruction, financial market liberalisation and ongoing internationalisation. Stock exchange operations have not previously been presented so extensively in Finland.

Finland’s first formal stock exchange session was held on 7 October 1912, although the roots of stock exchange trading stretch back to the 1860s. Trading was at first irregular, with shares and other securities being traded at occasional unofficial auctions. Regular, organised stock exchange activities began in October 1912 at the present-day stock exchange on Fabianinkatu in Helsinki.

The exhibition featured original documents and a splendid collection of share certificates of Finnish companies from different periods. 

The exhibition ran from 29 January to 31 August 2013.

Pörssisali vuonna 1937

Helsinki Stock Exchange in 1937. The electromechanical quotation board was installed in 1935.