All citizens who have reached the age of 18 no later than on the day of the election may vote in national and local government elections. Citizens of other EU countries residing in Finland may, if they wish, vote in European Parliament elections, and foreign nationals residing permanently in a municipality may also vote in local government elections.
Everyone in Finland enjoys freedom of opinion, speech and assembly. Freedom of religion guarantees the right to practise any religion and the right not to belong to any religious group. Everyone has the right to choose where they want to live and the right to move about freely.
Finnish and Swedish are the country’s national languages. The rights of minority language groups, such as the Sámi and Romani, are also mentioned in the Constitution.
All of Finland
- Civil rights of citizens link
The civil rights of individuals under the Constitution.
Ministry of Justice
- Social rights link
Information on social rights by ordinary legislation, fundamental social rights affirmed by the national Constitution and social human rights defined by international human rights treaties. Appeal proceedings and international supervisory bodies.
Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela
- Children's rights link
Children's rights, adoption, foster care, child protection.
Save the Children Finland
- Convention on the rights of the child link
Information on children's rights, convention on the rights of the child.
- Promotion of children's rights link
Information on development of the children's rights in Finland. Press releases and publications.
Ombudsman for children
- Freedom of religion link
Information on the Finnish constitution section 11, which handles freedom of religion and conscience.
Ministry of Education and Culture
- Complaint to the Ombudsman e-service
You can use the form to make a complaint to the Parliamentary Ombudsman if you believe that an authority has acted unlawfully or in neglect of duty.
Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland
- Complaint to company on marketing or advertising form
You can submit a complaint by sending the completed form to the company as an mail attachment.
Finnish Competition and Consumer Agency FCCA