Our new GLOBALCIT website is under construction. In the meantime, please use the current website as before.

Country Profiles


Country Reports PDF

Report on Citizenship Law[pdf] by Brander, Sampo - Fagerlund, Jessica

Published: September 2009 - Latest Update: January 2013

Sampo Brander: The 2011 Amendment of the Finnish Nationality Act[pdf] by Brander, Sampo

Published: November 2011

Report on Naturalisation Procedures[pdf] by Gozdecka, Dorota Anna

Published: March 2013

Report on Electoral Rights[pdf] by Salo, Sanna

Published: July 2013

Country expert(s)

Brander, Sampo

Fagerlund, Jessica

Gozdecka, Dorota Anna

Salo, Sanna

Current citizenship law

359/2003 Nationality Act (consolidated English version incorporating amendments up to and including Act 974/2007)[external link] LANGUAGE: uk


359/2003 Kansalaisuuslaki (consolidated Finnish version incorporating amendments up to and including Act 579/2011)[external link] LANGUAGE: Finland


Please note: The English translation above does not include amendments to the Nationality Act enacted in 2009 and 2011.  For details of these amendments please consult the Chronology of Legislation.

Chronological table

Chronology of legislation


Translations and a brief discussion of the use of the terms "citizenship" and "nationality" in legal documents and political debates

International Law

Treaties and conventions signed, ratified and reservations

Domestic case law Finland domestic case law
International and European case law Finland International and European case law
Citizenship statistics

Finland Statistics

Citizenship News

Finland to re-evaluate its dual citizenship policy

Finland to enquire whether dual citizenship of civil servants poses a threat to national security

Finland: Ministry of Interior announces investigation on dual citizenship

Citizenship Links

Selections of links about citizenship

All links about citizenship