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Published: 10 May 2011

Number of persons receiving Finnish citizenship grew slightly in 2010

According to Statistics Finland, in 2010 Finnish citizenship was granted to 4,350 foreign citizens permanently resident in Finland. The number was 900 higher than in 2009. Of the persons having received Finnish citizenship, 2,600 were women and 1,750 men. Among the recipients of Finnish citizenship, 1,000 were aged under 15 and 90 were older than 65.

Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2010

Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2010

Last year, Finnish citizenship was granted to 3,800 citizens of countries outside the European Union, which was 800 more than in 2009. In all, 550 of those having received Finnish citizenship were citizens of countries belonging to the European Union, which is 150 up on one year before.

Finnish citizenship was most often granted to citizens of Russia (1,930). The number was 900 higher than in the year before. Russian citizens were also the largest group having received Finnish citizenship in the previous year. Estonian citizens were the second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship (240). In the year before, 170 Estonians received Finnish citizenship. Of the citizens of Somalia resident in Finland, 130 received Finnish citizenship in 2010, whereas the respective number in the previous year was 290.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari (09) 1734 3401,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Citizenships granted [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-7169. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.12.2023].
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