Registering a child born abroad in Finland 

Notify us of your child born abroad so that we can register them in the Population Information System. If you are a Finnish citizen, you have the obligation to notify any changes in your personal data to the Finnish Population Information System. 

Finnish citizens 

If your child is born abroad, they will be given a personal identity code when you register them. They will also be automatically recorded as having Finnish citizenship if 

  • the child’s mother is a Finnish citizen  
  • the child's father is a Finnish citizen and the parents are married to each other. 

If only the child's father is a Finnish citizen and the parents are not married to each other, your child will not receive Finnish citizenship automatically even if the paternity has been acknowledged. To obtain Finnish citizenship for your child, you must submit a declaration of citizenship to the Finnish Immigration Service

Other nationalities will not be added automatically unless they are directly shown in the birth certificate. 

Citizens of other countries 

A Finnish personal identity code can only be issued to a child born abroad if they live in Finland and meet the conditions for registration. Read more about the registration of a personal identity code and how to obtain it. 

If your child has been born and lives abroad, we can record them as your child in the Population Information System. In this case, however, the child is not given a Finnish personal identity code and they can only be found under your data in the Population Information System. A personal identity code will only be issued if they move to Finland.   

Registration of custody in Finland for a child born abroad in different situations 

  1. A child born abroad when parents of opposite sexes are married  
    • When a man and a woman are married to each other, they are automatically their child's guardians. The person who gave birth to the child is the child's mother and their spouse is the child's father. Please note, however, that the child's paternity can only be determined on the basis of the marriage if your marriage has been entered in the Finnish Population Information System. If your marriage has not been recorded in the Population Information System, please let us know. Visit our website for instructions for notifying a marriage. 
       
  2. A child born abroad when parents of opposite sexes are not married    
    • If you are not married to each other, the child's paternity must be confirmed before we can record it in the Finnish Population Information System. In general, we can also confirm paternity when both parents and the child are staying in Finland, even if the paternity has not been confirmed in other countries.  
       
  3. A child born abroad with two mothers   
    • When your child is born abroad and has two mothers, the birth mother is automatically the child’s guardian. If the parenthood and custody of the non-birth mother have been confirmed abroad, we can usually confirm it also in Finland. If the birth mother is a Finnish citizen, the child will also receive Finnish citizenship automatically. If only the non-birth mother is a Finnish citizen, citizenship for the child can be obtained by submitting a declaration of citizenship to the Finnish Immigration Service. 

Do the following 

1. Fill in the notification form for a child born abroad  

Notification form for a child born abroad

2. Check if you need to have the child’s birth certificate or any document relating to the confirmation of parenthood legalised and/or translated. Read more about the legalisation of documents. 

3. Submit the documents either by visiting our service location in person, through a Finnish mission or by sending them by post to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, P.O. Box 26, FI-68601 Pietarsaari, Finland. Unfortunately, we cannot accept scanned documents. 

See more detailed instructions for delivering documents. 

Required documents: 

  • form for a child born abroad which you have filled in  
  • the original or a certified copy of the birth certificate, legalised if required 
  • the original or a certified copy of any document relating to the confirmation of parenthood 
  • if necessary, translations of the certificates, legalised if required, or an appendix compliant with Article 39 of the Brussels II a Regulation (the original or a certified copy) appended to a decision on custody in the EU. 

4. Inquiries and email messages will not speed up the processing of notifications. We will contact you if we need further information. You will receive an extract from the Population Information System once your child's data has been registered. Check that the data has been entered correctly. If for some reason we do not record the information you have submitted in the Population Information System, you will receive a decision on this. Instructions for submitting a request for administrative review are attached to the decision. 

N. B.! Cases are processed in their order of arrival. Unfortunately, we cannot speed up an individual case unless there is a very exceptional and very important reason for doing so. For example, opening a bank account is not a sufficient justification for speeding up the process.

Price

Free of charge

Frequently asked questions

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Email

Please do not enquire about the processing time by email as it will lead to congestion in our service. We will process the applications in the order we have received them. N.B! At the moment, we are not answering any enquiries about processing times.

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Telephone service

Please do not enquire about the processing time by phone as it will lead to congestion in our service. We will process the applications in the order we have received them.

Telephone service from Monday to Friday 9-12

Telephone number +358 295 536 320

Service locations 

Service locations

See also

Finnish citizens can deliver documents to: Digi- ja väestötietovirasto, PL 26, FI- 68601 Jakobstad, FINLAND or visit a Finnish mission. If you submit the documents to the delegation for further dispatch to the Digital and population data services agency, the delegation will charge a fee for its service in accordance with its price list.

Finnish missions