Don't forget to keep your personal data updated. Stay organized and ensure accuracy by regularly reviewing and updating your information.

Remember to update your personal data

In today’s global landscape, staying connected to your roots is important. For Finnish citizens residing abroad, keeping personal data updated is both a legal requirement and a way to maintain ties with Finland. This guide explores the essential steps for updating personal data and explains the Finnish Population Information System in detail.

Updating Personal Data: A Legal Obligation

Why is an update necessary?

Living abroad as a Finnish citizen means it’s important to keep personal data current. This includes vital information such as changes in marital status, the birth of a child, or a new home address. Neglecting these updates not only breaks legal obligations but also affects communication with the Finnish government.

Where to Update?

Notify the Finnish Population Information System to update your information. Finnish expatriates can submit notifications to the Local Register Office of their most recent municipality of residence or the Finnish mission in their current country of residence.

Handling Foreign Documents

Apostille Certificate

To use information from foreign documents, obtaining this certificate is essential. This applies to documents like birth, marriage, or death certificates. If the issuing state is part of the Hague Apostille Convention, you can contact the designated authority to obtain this certificate.

Legalization Process

If the issuing state is not part of the Hague Apostille Convention, legalization is required. This involves obtaining stamps from both the Foreign Ministry of the document’s origin country and the Finnish mission in that country.


Foreign documents are usually in the language of the issuing country. To be accepted in the Population Register System, they must be translated by an authorized translator into Finnish, Swedish, or English. Translations made abroad must also undergo legalization.

Navigating the System – Practical Tips

Timely Updates

It’s important to promptly notify changes to avoid complications in official records and legal processes.

Thorough Checks

Regularly reviewing personal data in the Population Register System ensures accuracy. Address any discrepancies 

promptly to maintain data integrity.

Resources for Expatriate Finns

The Digital and Population Service System offers detailed instructions for expatriate Finns. Visit their website for comprehensive guidance.

As a Finnish citizen living abroad, updating your data is both a legal duty and a way to stay connected with your homeland. Following the steps in this guide helps you fulfill these responsibilities and ensures your information is correct in the Population Register System. Stay connected, stay informed, and show that Finnish expatriates are committed to maintaining their ties with their roots.

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