Applying for a Dutch nationality certificate if you live in Finland

If you are a Dutch national living in Finland, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. You must provide a number of documents with your application. The documents you need depend on your personal situation.

You can use a Dutch nationality certificate to prove that you are a Dutch national. Or to retain your Dutch nationality.

Check if you need a Dutch nationality certificate

Step 1: Create a personal checklist

When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, it is important that you provide the right documents. So you should first fill in the personal checklist for you or your child. Then you’ll know what documents you need.

Please note: In Step 2, you will see whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.

Generate your personal checklist by answering a maximum of 10 questions:

At the moment the information of the personal checklist is only available in Dutch. Due to the Coronavirus publication of this information in English has been delayed.

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  • Your foreign documents may need to be legalised.
  • If your document was not drawn up in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish, you should have it translated by a sworn translator.
  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements/information.

Depending on your country of residence, additional document requirements may apply. Below you can find out about the requirements in Finland.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Finland, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:

There are two options:

  • Option 1 (for a fee): a recent English-language extract from the population register stating your nationality.
    • In Finnish this is called virkatodistus. In English, this is called extract from the population information system. You can request this extract from any service location of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (formerly Maistraatti).
    • You can also request the extract by e-mail: or by telephone via the Finnish local number: 029 55 36 230.

Note: for minors, the extract must contain the information about parents and custodians.

  • Option 2 (free of charge for adults): a summary of your personal data via
    • You can request an extract of your personal data (summary of personal data) online by logging in via online banking via Make print screens of the information (basic information, address details and possibly personal relationships) and add them to your application.

Please note: for minors you can request a birth certificate of the child via for a fee.

Step 3: Apply for a certificate

Find out below how to submit your application.

How do you apply for a certificate?

Send a scanned copy of all the required documents and proof of payment to

How much will it cost?

A Dutch nationality certificate costs €30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) to:

Bank details
Bank name ING Bank N.V.
Address bank Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 109
Postal code bank 1102 BW
Bank location


Account holder Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address Rijnstraat 8
Postal code 2515 XP
Location Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VBN - <your initials and last name> - <your country of residence>.

For example: VBN - PJ Janssen - Spain

Remember to attach proof of payment to your email (for example a copy or photo of your credit card statement / bank statement).

How long will it take?

The average processing time for applications is 3 weeks. If you are asked to send additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks. You will receive the certificate digitally by email.


If you have any problems, you can ask questions using the contact form