Law and legal protection
The Constitution of Finland guarantees the fundamental rights of each individual. Legislation is enacted by an elected Parliament. Everyone aged 18 or over has the right to vote in national and local government elections.
All citizens and authorities must observe the law. An independent judiciary resolves disputes and criminal matters.
Finnish and Swedish are the national languages of Finland, which people have the right to use when dealing with the authorities. Everyone's private life, honour and the home are protected under the Constitution. No one has the right to read or listen to a message intended for someone else without permission.
All of Finland
- The European e-Justice Portal link
Information on justice systems and improving access to justice throughout the EU in 22 languages.
- Constitution of Finland link
The text of the Constitution. Translations of the Constitution available in English, German, French, Spanish and Sami.
Ministry of Justice
- Finnish citizenship link
Information about acquiring, renouncing and losing Finnish citizenship. Dual nationality, definition of citizenship status, multiple nationality.
Finnish Immigration Service Migri