Living in Finland

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Registering as a resident

When you have moved to Finland, you must visit the Local Register Office (maistraatti)of your place of residence. You can make a notification of move at the Local Register Office. The Local Register Office will enter your data into the Finnish Population Information System. At the same time, you can obtain a Finnish personal identity code, if you did not receive it earlier i.e. when you applied for a residence permit or registration as an EU citizen.

The Local Register Office also decides whether a Finnish municipality of residence (kotikunta) can be entered for you. Read more on the Infopankki page Municipality of residence in Finland.

When visiting the Local Register Office, please bring along the following:

  • your passport or
  • identity card (if you are a citizen of an EU member state or Nordic country),
  • marriage certificate (if you are married),
  • children's birth certificates (if you have children who are under 18),
  • residence permit (if you need a residence permit for Finland),
  • certificate of registration of an EU citizen’s right to reside (if you are an EU citizen),
  • employment contract, if you register as a resident at a tax office.

Please note that any documents brought from abroad must be legalised in order for personal data based on them to be entered into the Population Information System. For further information on the legalisation of documents, please contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of your own country.

Documents must also be translated into Finnish, Swedish or English if they are in some other language.

linkkiLocal register office:
Registering a foreign citizenFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiTax Administration:
Registering a foreign citizen in a tax officeFinnish | Swedish | English

Finnish personal identity code

A personal identity code (henkilötunnus) is a number sequence with 11 characters, formed on the basis of your date of birth and gender. You need a personal identity code in order to open a bank account or obtain a telephone subscription, for example. A personal identity code will make it easier for you to attend to issues involving the authorities.

To obtain a Finnish personal identity code, you must register your data in the Finnish Population Information System. This means that any basic information on you must be entered in the Population Information System. Such information includes your name, date of birth, citizenship, family relations and address.

When you apply for a residence permitin Finland, you can apply for a Finnish personal identity codeat the same time. In such a case, in your residence permit application you should request registration in the Finnish Population Information System.

If you are an EU citizen, you can apply for a personal identity code at the same time as applying for registration of your right of residence. You can request registration in the Finnish Population Information System by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

You can also apply for a Finnish personal identity code at the Local Register Office of your place of residence.

If you have a job in Finland, you can apply for a Finnish personal identity code at the tax office.

Registering as a resident
  • Municipality of residence in Finland