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Right of permanent residence

I am an EU citizen

You have the right of permanent residence in Finland after you have legally resided in Finland for an uninterrupted period of five years.

You are a family member of an EU citizen but not an EU citizen yourself

You have the right of permanent residence in Finland if you have legally resided in Finland with an EU citizen for an uninterrupted period of five years.

The following do not affect the continuity of your residence:

  • Temporary absences whose total length is six months or less during a year.
  • Longer absences due to completion of military service
  • A single absence of a maximum of twelve consecutive months due to an important reason, such as pregnancy and giving birth, a serious disease, university studies or vocational studies or a posting in another EU Member State or a third country

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