A child born in Finland
A child who is born in Finland to parents who are foreign nationals may only in exceptional cases become a Finnish citizen alone, without a parent obtaining Finnish citizenship. In these cases, the child acquires Finnish citizenship based on his or her place of birth.
A child will get Finnish citizenship based on his or her place of birth if:
- the child does not get citizenship of any other country on the basis of his or her parents’ citizenship;
- the child does not have even a secondary right to citizenship of another country on the basis of birth, for example through the confirmation of paternity or by declaration;
- the child’s parents have refugee status or they have been granted protection against the authorities of their country of nationality; and
- the child would not be granted the citizenship of either parent without the assistance of the authorities of their country of nationality.