National Audit Office's tasks
The National Audit Office (NAO) is an independent body operating in affiliation with Parliament that audits the state's financial management and compliance with the budget and monitors fiscal policy rules. In addition it oversees political party and election campaign financing.
The NAO assists in ensuring the principles of the rule of law, democracy and sustainable finances in the European Union's financial management and other international cooperation in which Finland takes part.
The NAO has extensive rights to receive information under the Constitution. Its activities cover the state economy as a whole. The scope of audit includes the state budget economy, off-budget funds, state-owned companies and transfers of funds to other entities.
The NAO carries out its basic task by auditing the legality of financial management, the effectiveness of financial management, compliance with the budget, the reliability of the information received by Parliament concerning the state's finances and financial management as well as fiscal policy rules.