Published: 10 May 2012
According to Statistics Finland, Finnish citizenship was granted in 2011 to 4,550 foreign citizens permanently resident in Finland. The number is 200 higher than in 2010. Ninety-three per cent of those having been granted Finnish citizenship retained their former citizenship. Of the persons receiving Finnish citizenship, 2,650 were women and 1,900 men. Among the persons having been granted Finnish citizenship, 1,000 were aged 14 or under and 100 were aged 65 or over.
Recipients of Finnish citizenship 1966–2011
Last year, Finnish citizenship was granted to 3,850 citizens of countries outside the European Union, which is 50 more than in 2010. The number of citizens of countries belonging to the European Union among those who received Finnish citizenship was 150 higher one year previously, being 700.
In 2011, Finnish citizenship was granted by far most often to citizens of Russia, numbering 1,650 among those having been granted Finnish citizenship. This was 250 down from the year before. Russian citizens were also the largest group having received Finnish citizenship in 2010. Estonian citizens were the second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship, numbering 300. In the year before, 250 Estonians received Finnish citizenship. Of the citizens of Sweden resident in Finland, 200 received Finnish citizenship in 2011, whereas the respective number in the previous year was 100. Turkish citizens formed the fourth largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship.
Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland
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