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The Tellus Database for Country of Origin Information

The Tellus electronic database for Country of Origin Information (COI) is intended for use by the authorities. Country of Origin Information (COI) is information about the political, human rights, legislative, and geographical situation in a country. This also includes information about regular day-to-day life in the country.

The information in the Tellus database is collected for use in the decision-making process of the Finnish Immigration Service. It also serves other stakeholders. The database contains the information produced by the Country of Origin Information Unit, as well as carefully curated materials from other sources concerning the most important countries of origin.

The Finnish Immigration Service uses Country of Origin Information for many purposes, although it is especially important when processing applications for international protection. The information is used to support decision-making and to gain a better understanding of the situation in various countries of origin.