Personal data in Population Information System
The Population Information System (PIS) is a national basic register that contains
- personal data on Finnish citizens living both in Finland and abroad
- personal data on foreign citizens who reside in Finland or who have some other sufficient connection to Finnish society
- information on properties, buildings and apartments.
Information recorded in the system includes basic information on individuals such as
- names, personal identity code
- date of birth and death
- address, municipality of residence
- information on family relationships
Data you can personally submit to the Population Information System
- your email address, preferred given name, native language
- Finnish or Swedish as your communication language, if your native language is something other than these
- native language
- Finnish or Swedish as your communication language, if neither of these is your native language
- your occupation
- Adding and removing non-disclosures of personal data
In addition, the following will be recorded in the register
- information on guardianship, restrictions on competency and continuing power of attorney
- information on being taken into care
- data necessary for carrying out elections and referendums
- membership in a religious community
- unique identification number needed for the secure use of e-services (SATU)
Due to data protection, you can only see your parents’ or children’s date of birth and possible date of death. If you no longer have a dependency relationship with your child, for example, data on your child's name is no longer covered by the right to inspect your personal data. In general, guardianship lasts until your child reaches the age of majority.
However, name information is displayed under the Guardians or Dependants information fields for the duration of guardianship. When guardianship comes to an end, the Guardians or Dependants information fields will also return to their prior setting, and you will no longer see name information under the Personal relationship heading.
If your guardianship came to an end before 1 October 1973, you will not necessarily be able to see your child’s or parent’s data at all. Information from prior to this have not been transferred to the electronic Population Information System.
If your personal data contains mistakes, you can correct your given name, occupation, email address, native language and communication language. In other cases, please contact the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
As a rule, addresses that are from more than four years ago are not corrected or changed. In addition, information on family relationships that were excluded from the register when the Population Information System was established will not be supplemented.
The electronic Population Information System was established in 1971, and basic personal data has been recorded since then.
Addresses have been recorded since 1971. From 1971 to 1982, only the two most recent addresses at which an individual had resided were recorded. Starting from 1983, all previous addresses have been recorded if an individual has reported these. The system shows the address for a residential building which has been valid for the time a person has resided there.
Information on family relationships have been recorded since 1 October 1973. Some information may be missing in older data. However, previous information is available in the paper archives of various authorities.
If you have acquired Finnish citizenship before 1 January 1983, your previous citizenships will not be displayed on the Personal Data page.
If one of the non-disclosures has been entered in the Population Information System at the time of the previous information system, it is possible that an artificial date (e.g. 01.01.0001) may be displayed as the start date for the non-disclosure, or that the start date is missing. Even so, the non-disclosure is valid in the normal manner.
The Population Information System is maintained by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency and the State Department of Åland. The majority of the data registered in the Population Information System is obtained from different authorities. For example, information on the birth of a child is obtained directly from the hospital, after which the child's personal identity code is entered in the Population Information System.
You can enter your preferred given name, your occupation, native language, communication language and email address yourself. You can add or remove non-disclosures on personal data and resign from a religious community. You can enter your own data in the Check Your Registered Data service.