The Institute is the central surveying and mapping organisation of all official activities in Hungary in the field of land management, surveying and mapping. It is financed by the state budget and has the competence of a national authority. At the beginning the scope of activity of the Institute covered the tasks of organising, managing, supervising the surveying and mapping sector in Hungary, carrying out research and development as well as executing the activities of the state boundary service, of the central surveying data and map library. FÖMI’s range of activity was extended gradually with the tasks of satellite geodesy, remote sensing for utilisation of space imagery and aerial photography in the national economy, computer based central land registration, development of geoinformatics in the sector of lands and mapping and central quality control. FÖMI’s tasks include activities of surveying and cartographic documentation, running the technical library, editing and publishing scientific journals and proceedings.