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Notification of change of address to the Population Information System

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Submitting a notification of move to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency is a statutory obligation. You must always notify of a move when moving permanently from one address to another or when a temporary stay in another address lasts for more than three months. Temporary stay refers to moving to another address for a period of less than one year, after which the person returns to the earlier permanent address.

The notification can be submitted no earlier than one month before the date of the move. The notification must be submitted no later than one week after the date of the move.

You must also submit a notification of a move when moving from Finland to abroad or from abroad to Finland. When living abroad, a Finnish citizen is obliged to notify the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of their changed address abroad.

The municipality of residence and the permanent address in that municipality are determined in accordance with the Municipality of Residence Act. According to the main rule, a person’s municipality of residence is the municipality in which the person lives. Other regulations apply to those living in a recreational home and those whose dwelling has been arranged through family care, long-term institutional care or housing services.

Information on the person’s municipality of residence and home address are recorded in the Population Information System.

For the purpose of preventing identity theft, a person can be blocked from notifying of a move in the Population Information System.

Do the following

Submit the move notification electronically on the Notification of a move service.

If you are a Finnish citizen living abroad, report a change of address abroad in the e-service for notification of a Finnish citizen’s change of address abroad.

A person moving from another Nordic country to Finland must visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in person in addition to submitting a notification of move. A valid identification document, such as a passport, must be presented during the visit. A person moving from Finland to another Nordic country must also submit a notification of move to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

A foreign citizen can submit a move notification in the Notification of a move service if they have a Finnish personal identity code. When moving to Finland, foreign citizens are required to visit the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in most cases. A foreign citizen must submit a notification of departure when moving out of Finland.

You can block a notification of move or cancel it in person at any service location of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or electronically via Suomi.fi messages.

Petition for appeal and complaints

The address information is stored in the Population Information System based on the notification of move. If the entry made by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency differs from that notified by the person, a written decision on the matter will be issued. You can apply for a rectification to the decision in writing from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can appeal the decision on a demand for rectification to an administrative court.

A person has the right to request in writing that the Digital and Population Data Services Agency rectifies their incorrectly recorded address information in the Population Information System. As a rule, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency does not rectify or alter address information that is older than four years.

To whom and on what terms

You can provide information on family members moving at the same time with a joint notification. As a rule, a notification of move concerning a minor is made jointly by the child’s guardians.

The service is free of charge.

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Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency, Posti Group Oyj
Responsible for the serviceDigital and Population Data Services Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Updated: 6/29/2021