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Record number of Finnish citizenships granted in 2016, Russians number one

Staff Writer |
According to Statistics Finland, Finnish citizenship was granted in 2016 to 9,375 foreign citizens permanently resident in Finland.

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The number is the highest during Finnish independence. Altogether, 1,454 more citizenships were granted than in 2015.

In 2016, Finnish citizenship was granted by far most often to citizens of Russia, numbering 2,028 among those having been granted Finnish citizenship.

This was 300 more than in the year before. Somali citizens were the second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship, numbering 1,066.

The third most Finnish citizenships were granted to citizens of Iraq (534) and fourth most to Estonian citizens (459).

Of the persons receiving Finnish citizenship, 4,914 were women and 4,461 men. The average age for women was 28.4 years and 26.4 years for men. Among the persons having been granted Finnish citizenship, 2,944 were aged under 18 and 231 were aged 65 or over.

In 2016, altogether 96 per cent of those having been granted Finnish citizenship retained their former citizenship.

At the end of 2016, there were 104,997 persons permanently resident in Finland who held the citizenship of some other country in addition to Finnish citizenship.

Of them, 20,324 were native-born Finnish citizens who had been granted citizenship in another country, and 84,673 persons were foreign citizens who had been granted Finnish citizenship.

The largest dual nationality groups at the end of 2016 were citizens of Russia (27,456), Sweden (7,380), Somalia (4,650), Estonia (4,601) and the United States (3,934).

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