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Our Road to Becoming Loihde

People First since 1882

Loihde has formerly been known as Viria, Anvia and Vaasan Läänin Puhelin. Our business operations took their current form after 2016, when we divested our telecom business. Today, our service areas cover security technology, cyber security, cloud solutions, digital development, and utilisation of data and artificial intelligence.

Loihde Plc has its roots in local telephone company operations and its history can be traced back 140 years.

In 1882, a group of merchants in Vaasa established Oy Waasan Telefooniyhdistys – Ab Wasa Telefonförening, which was the fifth telephone company in Finland.

In the course of decades, local telephone companies merged their operations and more than a century later, in 1989, Vaasan Puhelin  – Vasa Telefon and Etelä-Pohjanmaan Puhelin merged into Vaasan Läänin Puhelin Oy – Vasa Läns Telefon Ab. Approximately twenty years later, in 2008, the company changed its name to Anvia.


In 2016, Anvia sold its telecom business and a new era in the company’s history began. In January 2017, the Group changed its name to Viria, and according to our new strategy we began developing into an expert in security solutions, data-driven management and digital development.

We have expanded and strengthened the Group and its service offerings through several acquisitions in recent years. Our security solutions business was strengthened with cyber security expertise, and nowadays Loihde is one of the largest providers of comprehensive business security in Finland, with services covering both physical and cyber security.

Through acquisitions, we have also become experts in digital business development, data solutions, software development and cloud technologies.

In 2021, we changed our name to Loihde and our shares were listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland. 

We operate in the security and digital development markets, which are very interesting and continuously developing, and we believe that Loihde has good opportunities to grow and succeed.