The Nordic countries are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Since the Åland Islands belong to Finland and the Faroe Islands and Greenland to Denmark, Ålanders, Faroese and Greenlanders are also Nordic citizens.
If you are planning on staying in Finland for a maximum of six months, you do not need to submit any notifications to the Finnish authorities.
If you are planning on staying in Finland for more than six months, register at a service location of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Fill in the Registration Information of a Foreigner form in advance. Take it to the service point of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in person and also bring your official identity card or valid passport.
Make the registration as soon as possible and no later than within one month of moving to Finland.
Finnish personal identity code
In Finland, you need a personal identity code for many things: you need it for your employer and for handling banking matters, for example. When you have a Finnish personal identity code, you can also choose to start a business in Finland.
You will receive a personal identity code from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency when you are registered in the Population Information System. The Digital and Population Data Services Agency stores your basic data in the Finnish Population Information System, such as your name, date of birth, nationality, family relationship and address.
You should also check with the local Digital and Population Data Services Agency whether you have the right to a municipality of residence in Finland. If you have a municipality of residence in Finland, you are usually entitled to use the services of that municipality.
If you are planning on staying in Finland for less than a year or do not want a municipality of residence, you can apply for a temporary address registration in the Population Information System.
Read more on the InfoFinland page Registering as a resident.
Read more on the InfoFinland page Municipality of residence in Finland.
Family members of a Nordic citizen
If a family member who is not a Nordic citizen moves to Finland with you, he or she may need a residence permit or a certificate of registration of an EU citizen’s right of residence.
Read more on the InfoFinland page EU citizens or Non-EU citizens.