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Registration of a death abroad in the Population Information System

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

If your family member passes away abroad, you must notify the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of the death. When the Digital and Population Data Services Agency receives the notification and an official certificate stating the person’s death, the death will be registered in the Population Information System. If necessary, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency will request you to provide additional information for the register entry.

You will receive an extract from the Population Information System when the death has been recorded.

If the Digital and Population Data Services Agency does not record the information you have submitted to it in the Population Information System, you will receive a decision stating it. You can make a claim for a revised decision concerning this register entry to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency within 30 days of having been informed of the decision. The instructions for making a claim for a revised decision are sent to you with to the decision.

Finnish citizens living in Sweden:

The Swedish authorities notify the Finnish Population Information System of the death through official channels. If the person is a citizen of both Finland and Sweden, Sweden considers the person to be its own citizen only and will not forward the information. A notification must therefore be submitted for persons with dual citizenship.

Do the following

  • Submit a notification of the death to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. If the deceased was a Finnish citizen, you can also submit the notification to the nearest Finnish diplomatic mission.
  • Submit the original death certificate issued by the foreign authority. An extract from the population register issued by the Nordic authorities as well as an extract from the population register issued by the Estonian authorities in English, in which the death is stated, is also accepted as the certificate.
  • It is recommended that you attach a copy of the passport of the deceased to the notification.
  • You may need to have the documents legalised or translated. See separate instructions for legalisation.

To whom and on what terms

For the death to be registered, it must be possible to verify the identity of the deceased and reliable official documents concerning the death must be presented to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byDigital and Population Data Services Agency
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: 12/30/2019