Life changes while living abroad 

If you live abroad, remember to report any changes to your personal data to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. This way your data will be up to date in the Population Information System and using the services of the Finnish authorities will be easier. 

It is important to have the information up to date in the Population Information System. For instance, the electoral register for an election is drawn up based on the information in the Population Information System. If your address is incorrect, the authorities may not be able to reach you in official business related to, for example, your right to vote, pension decisions or military service. 

Finnish citizens who live abroad have the legal obligation to report any changes to their personal data during their time abroad, including the birth of a child, marriage, divorce, and changes of name and address. 

You must provide us with the original documents or copies that have been certified. Unfortunately, we cannot process scanned documents. See more detailed instructions for delivering documents.   

Further information: 

Notification of moving abroad 

Child born abroad 

Marriage concluded abroad 

Partnership registered abroad 

Divorce granted abroad 

Change of name abroad 

Death abroad 

Registration of citizenship 

Retaining Finnish citizenship 

  

Instructions for document legalisation 

Instructions for delivering documents 

 

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Telephone service from Monday to Friday 9-12

Telephone number +358 295 536 320

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Finnish citizens can deliver documents to a Finnish mission or alternatively post them to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, P.O. Box 26, FI-68601 Pietarsaari, Finland. If you would like to bring your documents to us in person, make an appointment at dvv.fi/ajanvaraus. Select the International registrations service.  

If you deliver the documents to a mission, the mission will charge a fee shown on its price list for this service. Submitting your documents through a mission will make their processing faster and safer than if you send them by post.