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Finland to re-evaluate its dual citizenship policy

The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö proposed that the country reconsidered its dual citizenship policy introduced in 2003. The President maintains that the situation has changed since the introduction of the policy, originally aimed at integrating the Finns returning from Sweden. As an argument for moving towards a restrictive citizenship policy, Niinistö cited practices of other countries, such as Russia and Germany, which allow dual nationality only in exceptional circumstances.

The Finnish Ministry of Defence is drafting legislation pursuant to which only Finnish citizens could be employed in this institution, and exceptions would be granted only when necessary. The Ministry cited security concerns as the reason behind the policy.

The country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that while dual nationality does not represent a problem for employment, in some cases, hiring a third country national might represent a risk. 

Read more on President Niinistö’s proposal, the press release of the Ministry of Defence, and the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For details of current and past citizenship legislation in Finland check out our country profile pages.