Digital identity reform

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency is working with the Finnish Police to develop a solution for reforming digital identities as part of a project by the Ministry of Finance. This development work will result in a new, secure mobile application for showing proof of identity when using in-person services and e-services of public and private actors. An alternative identification solution for using the electronic services of public administration will also be created for people who will not be using a mobile device for identification.

The aim is to develop a digital identity solution for citizens which doesn’t expire to make everyday life easier. It adapts to the needs of a changing society and is suitable for new digital platforms as they develop. The solution takes different users into account and thus promotes equality.

The digital identity development project is underway from 2020 to 2023.

Sign up for development and testing

We encourage all organisations and companies whose in-person or online services require identification to prepare for implementing the application well in advance. The aim is to ensure that the application meets the needs of different e-services and their customers as effectively as possible. Organisations and companies can participate in developing and piloting the solution.

There will be an opportunity to test using the solution in e-services in spring 2022. The timetable for testing in-person services will be specified soon.

Sign up for development and testing by sending an email to [email protected]

The consultation round ended on 8 April

The Ministry of Finance requested statements on the legislative changes related to digital identities. The consultation round lasted until 8 April 2022. You can read more about this topic in the consultation service (in Finnish).

European Digital Identity Wallet

Digital identity reform is accompanied by the European Digital Identity Wallet legislation proposed by the European Commission in the summer of 2021, which would enable the digital use of different validated data, including in cross-border transactions. In practice, the change would be implemented by extending the EU regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European Single Market (eIDAS), which currently enables cross-border e-services and trust services.

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency develops digital identity solutions so that they are interoperable with the future European Digital Identity Wallet and serve as a basis for its implementation in Finland.

Finland is involved in both the technical definition of the solution and drafting of legislation. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for preparation of the European Digital Identity Wallet as a whole, and it has appointed a national coordination group for preparation of the European digital identity. The decision to appoint a coordination group and information on its activities can be found on vm.fi. The Toolbox group responsible for technical specifications includes representatives from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency and the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. In addition, Finland has a wide range of representatives involved in the use case groups preparing use cases for the Wallet.

The Digital and Population Data Services Agency coordinates national cooperation related to technical specification of the reform (Toolbox), and the aim is to ensure that Finnish actors are aware of the progress of their work at the EU level as well as that Finland's views are communicated and taken into account. Every two weeks, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency holds open webinars related to technical specification of the European Digital Identity Wallet.

Send an email to [email protected] and you will receive invitations to events and up-to-date information on the progress of the work.

Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions. You can also find more questions and answers on the Ministry of Finance website (in Finnish).