Movie age limits after 1.1.2012

Finnish classification of audiovisual programmes changed when the new law, Act on Audiovisual Programmes, entered into force on January 1, 2012. The law - for the purpose of protecting children - determines restrictions for exhibiting movies.

Audiovisual programme classifiers, trained and supervised by The Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Programmes (MEKU), set age limits and content symbols for movies. The age limits are not recommendations, but based on Finnish law. Cinemas are responsible for implementing the age limits.
 
The age limits starting from January 1, 2012 are:
S, 7, 12, 16 and 18.
 
A child at the most three years younger than the given age limit, may attend to a movie when accompanied by an adult (over 18 years of age).
 

Age limits

 

S: For all ages.

7: For over age 7.
Over 4 years old may attend,
if accompanied by an adult (over 18).

12: For over age 12.
Over 9 years old may attend,
if accompanied by an adult (over 18).

16: For over age 16.
Over 13 years old may attend,
if accompanied by an adult (over 18).
18: Allowed for over age 18.
?: Not yet classified.

 

Content symbols
 

For movies that have been classified after January 1, 2012, symbols representing detrimental content of the audiovisual programme are being used.

Violent content.
Sexual content.
Content may cause
anxiety.
Content involving alcohol or substance abuse.

 

Additional information

Further information about classification and age limits can be found at The Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Programmes website.
 www.meku.fi

 

Wish for more information about the suitability of movies for children and teenagers? 

Media-avain is a web service which gives parents more information about movies and other media content directed at children and young people. Media-avain evaluates content from the point of view of education and looks for positive media content for children and teenagers.
 www.media-avain.fi