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Law and legal protection

The Constitution of Finland guarantees an individual’s fundamental rights: the law is the same for everyone, there is freedom of expression, people may practise a religion or not, there is freedom of assembly, people can freely choose where they live and there is freedom of movement. Everyone aged 18 or over has the right to vote in national and local government elections.

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.

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