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The Archives of the Riigikogu keeps the documents resulting from the activities of the Plenary Assembly, Committees, Factions and the Board of the Riigikogu. The Archives also stores the documents of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, the National Electoral Committee and the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee. The Archives is open to the public.

The rooms in Riigikogu archives

The documents of the Riigikogu are archived by the compositions of the Riigikogu. The documents of the 7th Riigikogu (1992–1995), the 8th Riigikogu (1995–1999), the 9th Riigikogu (1999–2003), the 10th Riigikogu (2003–2007) and the paper documents of the 11th Riigikogu (2007–2011) are deposited in the National Archives (fund No. ERA.5119). Starting from the 12th Riigikogu (2011), the documents have been deposited in the Riigikogu Archives.

The documents of the National Electoral Service up to 2015 have been deposited in the National Archives of Estonia (National Electoral Service collection No. ERA.5101).

Under the Archives Act of 1 January 2012, the archival documents are handed over to the National Archives 10 years after their creation.

The procedure for keeping the archives is approved by the Board of the Riigikogu.

Sittings of the Riigikogu have been recorded in VHS format since the opening sitting of the 9th Riigikogu. Recordings of the plenary sittings of the Riigikogu and public sittings of the Riigikogu committees as well as recordings of other events, starting from 2014, are available on the Youtube channel of the Riigikogu. Earlier video recordings of the plenary sittings have been transferred to the Film Archive of the National Archives.

The photographic collection (PDF, 84kB) reflects the activities of the Riigikogu and its Chancellery since 1994.

The archived documents can be consulted on the spot or asked to be copied. Documents can also be scanned and sent by e-mail.

The Archives of the Riigikogu is open to everyone and access to archive files is free, except in case of documents with restricted access as established by legal acts. See more on the procedure for maintaining the Archives of the Riigikogu (PDF, 146kB) (in Estonian).

Riigikogu archives in Commander´s house. Photo: Peeter Säre


Last updated: 22.09.2021