What is a municipality of residence?
Finland is divided into several administrative regions called municipalities. A municipality of residence is usually the municipality where you live.
When you have a municipality of residence,
- you usually have the right to use the services provided by your municipality of residence, such as public health care or children’s day care
- you can get a Finnish identity card and a driving licence
- services provided by authorities or receive financial benefits or subsidies.
When can a citizen of an EU country, Switzerland or Liechtenstein receive a municipality of residence?
You can get a municipality of residence if the following conditions are met:
- You have arrived in Finland.
- You are staying in Finland legally.
- You are planning to live in Finland for at least one year.
You must also have one of the following:
- a positive decision from the Finnish Immigration Service to register your right of residence as an EU citizen
- a family member* who has a municipality of residence in Finland.
*Family members include a spouse, guardian or dependent child. A cohabiting partner is also a family member if you have lived together continuously for at least 2 years before moving to Finland or if you share custody of a child you have had together.