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Finnish citizenship

Important contact information for a Finnish citizen

The Finnish Immigration Service decides on the acquisition and loss of Finnish citizenship.

If you have other questions concerning Finnish citizenship, you should ask the authority responsible for the matter.

Military service

Information about conscription and voluntary military service for women can be found on the website of the Finnish Defence Forces at puolustusvoimat.fi.

Information about non-military service can be found on the website of the non-military service centre at siviilipalveluskeskus.fi.

Pension

Information about the statutory pension security and applying for pension can be found on the website of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) at kela.fi. On Kela's website you will find information about national pensions, which Kela is responsible for, but you will also find information about employment pension, a civil servant’s pension and a self-employed person’s pension, which are called earnings-related pensions. More information about employment pension can also be found on the website of the Finnish Centre for Pensions at etk.fi.

EU citizenship

Finland is a Member State of the European Union (EU). As a Finnish citizen you are also an EU citizen with a right to freely move and work within the Union. More information about EU citizens’ rights can be found at europa.eu, as well as on the website of the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at eurooppatiedotus.fi.

Personal and address information

If you are a Finnish citizen living abroad, your personal and address information will stay up-to-date in Finland only if you personally make sure to report your information to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or to the nearest Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) in your current country of residence.

Up-to-date information is needed, for instance, when you apply for a Finnish passport of wish to vote from abroad.

You will find contact details on the website of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency at dvv.fi. Contact details for the Finnish missions can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at finlandabroad.fi.

Identity documents

Information about applying in Finland for a Finnish identity card, passport or driving license can be found on the website of the Police of Finland at poliisi.fi.

If you live abroad, you can apply for a Finnish passport at your nearest Finnish mission (embassy or consulate). Contact details for the Finnish missions as well as information about applying for a passport can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at finlandabroad.fi. If you have questions concerning passports, please direct them to your nearest Finnish mission or to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at the email address [email protected]    

Travelling

Information about border checks on persons at the border crossing points can be found on the website of the Border Guard at raja.fi.

Information about the import and export of goods can be found on the website of Finnish Customs at tulli.fi.

On the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' web page um.fi/entering-finland-and-travelling-abroad you will find information about travel safety in different countries as well as about the services at the Finnish missions (embassies or consulates). You will also find information about the entry permits related to foreign nationals entering Finland and about the provisions concerning mobility within the Schengen area. If you have questions concerning passports or visas, please direct them to your nearest Finnish mission or to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at the email address [email protected]

Moving

If you are moving to Finland from abroad, leaving Finland to move abroad or changing your address abroad, you are required to submit a notification of move in order for the information to be updated into the Population Information System. A notification of move is submitted to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. A Finnish citizen living abroad can submit the notification of move through his or her nearest Finnish mission (embassy or consulate).

Contact details for the Digital and Population Data Services Agency can be found on their website at dvv.fi

Contact details for the Finnish missions can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at finlandabroad.fi.

Information about the rules and regulations for importing removal goods, vehicles and animals can be found on the website of Finnish Customs at tulli.fi. Information about importing vehicles can also be found on the website of the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) at traficom.fi.

Studies

Information about education, the study opportunities available, applying to education and recognition of qualifications can be found on the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education at oph.fi.

Information about financial aid to students for studies in Finland as well as abroad can be found on the website of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) at kela.fi.

Passport

Information about applying for a Finnish passport can be found on the page migri.fi/en/applying-for-a-passport.

Changes in family circumstances

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency maintains the Population Information System in Finland. The Digital and Population Data Services Agency automatically receives information about changes in your family circumstances (for instance birth, death, marriage, divorce or adoption) when they take place in Finland.

If you live abroad, you are required to notify your nearest Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) of the changed circumstance. The mission will forward the information to the Population Information System.

Contact details for the Finnish missions can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland at finlandabroad.fi.

Social security

Information about being covered by Finnish social security can be found on the website of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) at kela.fi 

Employment

Information about employment services intended for employed persons, unemployed persons, persons who are entering working life, and employers can be found on the website of the Employment and Economic Development Offices at te-palvelut.fi.

Taxes

Information about matters concerning taxation can be found on the website of the Finnish Tax Administration at vero.fi.

Voting

Information about elections and voting can be found on the election website of the Finnish Ministry of Justice at vaalit.fi.

Other useful links

suomi.fi
www.suomi-seura.fi