Citizens of the European Union (EU) are free to move from one country to another within the EU, if their objective is to seek employment, work, establish a business or study. This also applies to their family members.
If the person lives in Finland for more than 3 months, they must apply for the registration of their right of residence at one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Servicet.
If the person intends to live permanently in Finland for at least one year, they must register at the local register office.
Similar provisions also apply to citizens of Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
1. Registration of right of residence
Citizens of EU countries must register their right of residence after three months' residence in Finland. Registration takes place at one of the service points of the Finnish Immigration Servicet.
A registration of a right of residence is valid until further notice. After five years' residence, the person can be granted a permanent right of residence.
Depending on the basis for application, the following documents are required for the registration of the right of residence:
EU registration form
marriage certificate and children's birth certificates
certificate of employment issued by the employer
account of business activity or exercise of profession
ID card or passport
other documents requested by the authority
An entrepreneur must present the registration of a trade or another account of carrying on a trade.
After having registered their right to reside in Finland, EU citizens can freely engage in business in Finland.
2. Registration in the local register office
If a person intends to reside in Finland permanently for at least one year, a domicile is registered for them in Finland. For registration, the person must register at the register office in person.
The person needs to bring a passport or official ID card and the registration certificate of the right of residence (obtained from the police). Any certificates of marriage or children's birth certificates must also be presented.
The register office will issue a personal identity number.
Registration of the right of residence (migri.fi)
Registration of foreigners (maistraatti.fi)