Published: 7 May 2010
According to Statistics Finland, Finnish citizenship was granted in 2009 to 3,400 foreign citizens permanently resident in Finland. The number was 3,250 lower than in 2008. Of the persons receiving Finnish citizenship, 1,850 were women and 1,550 men. Of the persons receiving Finnish citizenship, 900 were younger than 15 years of age and 50 were older than 65.
Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2009
Last year 3,000 citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union were granted Finnish citizenship, which is 2,900 fewer than in 2008. In all, 400 of those having being granted Finnish citizenship were from countries belonging to the European Union, which is 300 down on one year previously.
Finnish citizenship was most often granted to citizens of Russia (1,050). The second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship was made up of citizens of Somalia (300). In 2009, 200 citizens of Iraq living in Finland were granted Finnish citizenship.
Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland
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