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Certificates from the Population Information System

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

For an acceptable purpose, you can order certificates containing personal data stored in the Population Information System.

If you have been asked to provide an extract from the population register, it might refer to a life certificate or report on family relationships. The content of the certificate depends on the purpose of use. Always ask the person requesting the certificate what information ...

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Standard certificate from the self-service

You can order standard certificates from the Certificates from the Population Information System self-service. On the front page of the service, you can see a list of the information contained in the certificate. You will need online banking codes or a Mobile ID when ordering. You can order and pay for the certificates electronically.

  • If you use the certificate in Finland, you will receive the certificate electronically immediately after payment either as a PDF file or in Suomi.fi messages.
  • If you use the certificate abroad, you will receive a paper certificate by mail.

You can order a certificate in Finnish, Swedish or English. You can also order an EU translation form and an Apostille for the certificate.

Certificate with extended information

Order a certificate by secure mail (email) if

  • you need personal and family information for your certificate (please note that the report on family relationships is ordered using a different form)
  • you order a certificate for another person.

You can also order a certificate with more extensive information by telephone, by visiting a service location or by sending a paper form to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

You can order the certificate in Finnish, Swedish, English, Spanish, Italian, French or German.

To whom and on what terms

If you are an adult, you can order any available certificate.

Restrictions on the use of the Certificates from the Population Information System self-service

  • If you live abroad, you cannot order a life certificate. For a life certificate, you must personally visit either at a Finnish Embassy or at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s service location, at the Notary Public’s department.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you can only order a certificate of life and residence from the Certificates from the Population Information System self-service. The certificate will only contain your current information. If you also need to include past information or need other certificates, ask your guardian to order the certificate on your behalf on the self-service or visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.
  • The Certificates from the Population Information System self-service is not available for persons under 15 years of age.

Background information

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Digital and Population Data Services Agency

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Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 20/2/2024