Published: 12 May 2016

Number of persons receiving Finnish citizenship fell in 2015

According to Statistics Finland, Finnish citizenship was granted in 2015 to 7,921 foreign citizens permanently resident in Finland. The figure is 339 lower than one year before. Fewer Finnish citizenships were granted for Russian citizens than in the year before.

Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2015

Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2015

Finnish citizenship was granted most often to citizens of Russia

In 2015, Finnish citizenship was granted by far most often to citizens of Russia, numbering 1,728 among those having been granted Finnish citizenship. This was close on 600 down from the year before. Somali citizens were the second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship, numbering 955. The third largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship were citizens of Iraq, numbering 560, and the fourth largest group were citizens of Estonia, numbering 420.

The average age of recipients of Finnish citizenship was under 30 years

Of the persons receiving Finnish citizenship, 4,122 were women and 3,799 men. The average age of men receiving Finnish citizenship was 26,9 years and that of women 28,5 years. Among the persons having been granted Finnish citizenship, 2,301 were aged under 18 and 189 were older than 65.

Good 95,000 persons living in Finland have dual citizenship

At the end of 2015, there were 95,658 persons permanently resident in Finland who held the citizenship of some other country in addition to Finnish citizenship. Of these, 19,534 were native-born citizens of Finland who had been granted citizenship in another country. Altogether, 76,124 persons were foreign citizens who had also been granted Finnish citizenship.

The largest dual nationality groups at the end of 2015 were citizens of Russia, 25,572, Sweden, 7,007, Estonia, 4,147, the United States, 3,810 and Somalia, 3,592.


Source: Population and Justice Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Markus Rapo 029 551 3238

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 12.5.2015

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Citizenships granted [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-7169. 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 31.10.2020].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kans/2015/kans_2015_2016-05-12_tie_001_en.html