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Losing Finnish citizenship

If you have become a Finnish citizen by application or by declaration and given false or misleading information at that time, you may later lose your Finnish citizenship. You may also lose your Finnish citizenship if you have become a citizen on the basis of your father’s citizenship or your non-birth mother’s citizenship but his paternity or her maternity is later annulled.

You will automatically lose your Finnish citizenship when you turn 22 if you are a citizen another state and you have not had a sufficient connection to Finland.

Regaining Finnish citizenship

You have the right to get your Finnish citizenship back by declaration if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your identity has been established.
  • You are a former Finnish citizen.
  • You have not lost your Finnish citizenship because you have given false information on your citizenship application or declaration, or because your father’s paternity has been annulled.

Apply for citizenship by declaration:

Citizenship declaration for a former Finnish citizen, KAN_7