An electronic signature can be used just like a handwritten one. It also provides a higher level of security than paper signatures, because the signer undergoes strong authentication every time, and the technical details of the signing event are stored.
Current Finnish legislation limits the application of electronic signatures with regard to fixed property sales and consumers’ hire-purchase agreements.
No party can be forced to accept an electronic signature, the same way they cannot be forced to accept a particular method to carry out a legal transaction. In practice, however, it is very exceptional that an electronically signed document would be refused. In cases like this, please contact email@example.com. We will be happy to inform them about electronic signatures as part of modern business practices or in dealing with public authorities.