Registration of a foreigner in the Population Information System
A foreign citizen living in Finland receives a personal identity code when he or she is registered in the Population Information System.
If you are a citizen of a foreign country and move to live in Finland permanently, you will be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. If you move to Finland for only a short period of time, your information can be entered into the register if necessary.
Once you have been registered in the Population Information System, you will get a personal identity code.
Personal data to be registered
Your key personal data is registered in the Population Information System so that it is available to the Finnish public authorities. Such data includes your names, date of birth, sex, mother tongue, citizenship and address in Finland. In addition, information about your place of birth, children, parents, spouses and the custody of the children may be registered. The information is used for purposes such as taxation, healthcare, organisation of elections, judicial administration and statistics.
Finnish personal identity code
In connection with registration, you will receive a personal identity code, which the authorities can use to check your personal data in the Population Information System. You need the personal identity code when you use the services of the authorities and sometimes also with private companies.
Applying for a municipality of residence
A municipality of residence and a permanent address in Finland can be entered into the system for you on certain conditions. When you have a municipality of residence, you can use the services that municipalities provide only to their residents. Sometimes you also need a municipality of residence to be able to use the services provided by the state authorities or to be granted financial benefits or support.
The municipality of residence is always entered into the system at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
This is how you do
- You have to request registration yourself. Registration requires that you visit the authority in person.
- Fill in the form The registration information of a foreigner.
- You do not need to request registration if the Finnish Immigration Service grants you a residence permit or your right of residence is registered. The Finnish Immigration Service will register you and give you a personal identity code.
Registration and personal identity code
You can request registration and a personal identity code from:
- the Digital and Population Data Services Agency
- the local tax office, if you need the personal identity code for taxation purposes
- a Finnish diplomatic mission abroad, if you submit an application for a residence permit there
When you come in to request registration, bring the following documents with you:
- your valid passport or EU citizen’s official identity card with a photograph
- your residence permit card or some other proof that you have entered Finland legally
- proof of work or studies performed in Finland (for example, an employment contract or a certificate of student status)
- if necessary, the legalised birth and marriage certificates and other official documents containing information that you would like the Digital and Population Data Services Agency to record in the Population Information System.
Registration of the municipality of residence
If you would like your municipality of residence to be entered into the Population Information System, you always need to visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. If your whole family is registered, all members of your family must visit the Agency.
Please note that you also have notify the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of a temporary move to Finland if you will be living in Finland for more than three months.
You can be registered if you have entered Finland legally.
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