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Extracts and certificates from the Population Information System

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For an acceptable purpose, you can order certificates containing personal data stored in the Population Information System. The information shown on the certificates is taken from the Population Information System.

You can order standard certificates for yourself and your dependants, i.e. a certificate of life, a residence certificate and a birth certificate. You can also order a marriage certificate and a marital status certificate for yourself. If you have been asked to provide an extract from the population register, the document required is usually a certificate of life. The Finnish term “virkatodistus” and an extract/a certificate from the population register are the same thing.

If you need details of family relationships, for example, for your certificate or if you order a certificate for another person, you can order the certificate with more extensive information.

You can also order an EU translation form or an Apostille for the certificate.

You can order certificates in Finnish, Swedish or English. You can also order certificates in Spanish, Italian, French or German.

Petition for appeal or complaints

If your order for a certificate is incomplete or unclear, you can complete or change it. If the information you have requested for cannot be disclosed to you, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or the State Department of Åland will issue a negative decision in writing. You can apply for an appeal or a rectification to the decision from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can appeal to change the demand for rectification by appealing to the Administrative Court.

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Standard certificate from the self-service

You can order standard certificates from the Population Information System. 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 from the service in Finnish, Swedish or English. You can also order an EU translation form and an Apostille for the certificate.

Certificate with more extensive information

If

  • you need, for example, personal and family relationship information for your certificate
  • you order a certificate for another person

order the certificate via Lomake.fi, by email, by telephone, by visiting the 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.

If you live abroad permanently, you cannot order certificates from the self-service. You can order a certificate through other channels. For a certificate of life, you must visit personally either at the Finnish Embassy or at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s service point.

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 service

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

A fee is charged for the service.

Certificates from the Population Information System service:

  • Certificate to Finland (in electronic form) 10 €
  • Certificate sent abroad (as a paper mail) 14 €
  • Certificate and the translation form (sent as a paper mail) 24 €
  • Certificate and Apostille (sent as a paper mail) 44 €

From other channels:

  • Certificate 18 €
  • Translation form 10 €
  • Apostille-certificate 30 €

The price of extracts written in a foreign language is determined on basis of the language selected.

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Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Responsible for the serviceDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesSwedish, Finnish, English
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 6/4/2021