Establishment of paternity

A decision of paternity issued and valid in a foreign country is, as a rule, recognised in Finland without a separate legal establishment. The competent authority is the Local Register Office.

As a rule, paternity should be confirmed in the child's country of residence in accordance with the legislation in the country in question. When a decision of paternity issued in a foreign country is valid in that country it can be recognised in Finland without a separate legal establishment.

A decision on paternity refers to a decision by a court of law or other authority and the confirmation or registration of a legal act that establishes the relation between the child and man as one of paternity in the country in which the registration or other act took place.

Where necessary, the Helsinki District Court may confirm, by application, whether a decision on paternity issued in a foreign country is recognised in Finland.

Establishment of paternity in the UK

If the child has been born in the UK and the birth certificate includes father's details, paternity is confirmed in Finland automatically when the child's birth is registered in the Finnish Population Register System. The full version of the birth certificate states the parents’ names. Certificate does not require a translation. 

The document issued by the British authorities must be legalised with an Apostille certificate. In the UK, an Apostille can be obtained from the Legalization Office. Instructions for obtaining an Apostille can be found here: Get your document legalisedLink to another website..