Registration of birth in the Population Register System
Births of Finnish citizens outside Finland must be notified to the Local Register Office. You can also submit the notification at a Finnish embassy or send it there to be posted to the Local Register Office for registration.
Birth certificates issued by an EU country are accepted without requiring that a so-called apostille be attached to the document.
In other countries the original birth certificate or a copy of it, authenticated at a mission of Finland, must be appended to the notification. The document must be legalised and, if it has been issued in some other language than Finnish, Swedish or English, an authorised translation in one of these languages must be provided. Translations made abroad must be legalised. Translations made by an authorised translator in Finland are valid as such.
An Apostille stamp is not required for a birth certificate, which is issued by an EU country authority and a translation of the certificate is not needed if a multilingual standard form is appended to the document.
Registration of birth in Hong Kong
A Finnish citizen born in Hong Kong should be registered to the Population Register with the following documents:
- A fully completed and signed registration form. You can find the form at the website of the Local Register Offices: Notification of a Finnish Citizen Born Outside Finland.
- The original full birth certificate issued by the Hong Kong authorities. The birth certificate must be attached with an Apostille. In Hong Kong, Apostilles are issued by the Apostille Service Office, High Court Registry.
- Photocopies of the passports of both parents.
The registration form and all the appendices should be posted to the Pietarsaari Unit of the Local Register Office of West Finland (Address: Länsi-Suomen maistraatti, Pietarsaaren yksikkö, PL 26, 68601 Pietarsaari, Finland) or to the Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong. Alternatively the documents can be posted to te local register office of the municipality where the Finnish parent was most recently resident in Finland.
Each section of the form should be filled carefully and signed. When a child’s birth is being registered, all dual or multiple nationalities should be entered to the form. Only one mother tongue can be entered in the register system.
Apostille Service in Hong Kong
If you need an Apostille in Hong Kong for a document issued by a Hong Kong authority, you should contact the Apostille Service Office. Contact information and instructions on Apostille can be found here: Apostille Service Office, High Court Registry.