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Registration of a name change performed abroad

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

If you have changed your first name and/or surname abroad, the details of the name change can be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. This way your personal data will be up to date and using the services of the Finnish authorities will be easier. If you are a Finnish citizen, you have the obligation to notify the Finnish Population Information System of your name change.

A name change that has taken place abroad can be registered on the basis of the foreign document indicating the name change, such as a passport or the decision issued by an authority. 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 details of the name change have 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.

Do the following

  • Notify the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of your name change in writing. You can use a form to submit the notification.
  • Present the document issued by the foreign authority, in which the name change is indicated.
  • If you are a Finnish citizen, you can also deliver the documents to the nearest Finnish diplomatic mission.
  • You may need to have the documents legalised or translated. See separate instructions for legalisation here.

To whom and on what terms

The register entry concerning your name change abroad can be made in the Finnish Population Information System only if you have presented the required documents 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