Finland Apostille Service

Certify documents issued in Finland for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Finland for international use
Apostilles in Finland can be obtained to authenticate official Finnish documents such as marriage, death and birth certificates, Criminal Records Extracts, degree certificates and transcripts from Finnish universities, and notarized powers of attorney.

Finnish Apostilles are issued by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Documents needed for submission in non-apostille countries are legalized by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and will need additional attestation by the embassy of the recipient country.

  • Isarey offers expedited Apostille services in Finland. Apostilles are processed in 1 - 2 business days
  • We work with all major embassies in Helsinki for the attestation of Finnish documents, including the embassies of Vietnam and Thailand, and the Taipei Representative Office (Taiwan).
  • For latest procedure to legalize Finnish documents for use in the United Arab Emirates or Qatar, please contact us.

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Finnish Documents that can be authenticated with Apostille Stamps

  • Apostille stamps and consular legalization of Finnish birth, death and marriage certificates

    Death, marriage and Birth Certificates

    We obtain Apostilles for all Finnish birth, death and marriage certificates. Only paper certificates that have the original, authentic signature may be legalized.
    Finnish civil status certificates are issued by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency and are available in Finnish, Swedish, English, Spanish, Italian, French and German.
  • Criminal Record Extract

    Apostille Finnish Criminal Record Extracts issued by the Apply for a Finnish criminal records extract from the Legal Register Centre Legal Register CentreExternal link (opens in new tab). Paper certificates are required to obtain Apostille Stamps from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency or for legalization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • University Degrees

    Apostilles can be obtained for Finnish university diplomas and course transcripts from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Original documents issued by the educational institution are required for certification by a notary. The Apostille can then be applied to a notarized true copy.
    University diplomas required for non-apostille countries, such as Vietnam and Taiwan, must be legalized by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the recipient embassy.
    Please contact us for current procedures to legalize Finnish diplomas required for submission to the authorities of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Finland.
  • Incorporation Documents

    Certify Finnish corporate documents including certificates of incorporation, certificates of good standing, articles of association, board resolutions for use abroad.
  • Trade documents

    Apostille Finnish certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents

Isarey provides document attestation services in Finland to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Finnish documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Finland

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Finnish Documents

Finnish documents can be legalized for cross-border use by means of Apostille Certification or Consular Legalization

Apostille Certification

An Apostille Stamp is a simplified procedure of international attestation. When affixed to documents, Apostilles are directly recognised by the authorities of over 120 countries (Signatories of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab)) as certifying the document’s validity, without requiring additional certification.

Since Finland is a signatory to the convention, Isarey can assist by obtaining Apostille Certification for Finnish documents so that they are valid for official use in other signatory countries, including: NL NetherlandsNetherlands - ES SpainSpain - IT ItalyItaly - PT PortugalPortugal - GR GreeceGreece - CY CyprusCyprus - FR FranceFrance - GB United KingdomUnited Kingdom - SA Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia - US United StatesUnited States - DE GermanyGermany - CN ChinaChina

See additional notes below

Consular Legalization
Consular Legalization is required when a document from Finland is to be used in a non-signatory country. In this case, following authentication by authorities in Finland, the document must be certified a second time in Finland by the embassy representing the country where the document is to be used.

Countries which do not recognise Apostille certification and require consular legalization include: QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam

European Union

Submission within the European Union
Certain Finnish documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a Finnish authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Finnish documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of a Finnish citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other Finnish documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

Certified Translation

Where Finnish documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Finland Document Resources

External resources and news about Finnish documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Finland Document Resources
Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates
Order a Birth certificate
You can use your birth certificate to give proof of your official date of birth. Order online (self-service) with an online banking code or mobile certificate, by email or by phone
Order a Marriage Certificate
You can use a marriage certificate to prove that a marriage has been registered in Finland. Order online (self-service) with an online banking code or mobile certificate, by email or by phone
Report on family relationships
A report on family relationships shows the heirs of a deceased person and may consist of several different certificates issued by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Orthodox Church. The report includes the following data on the subject: current and former names, personal identity code, municipality of birth, marital status and municipality of residence, information on spouses and children, including parents and siblings. Reports are available in Finnish or Swedish.
Order a Life certificate
Finnish Life certificates includes the following information about a person: Current and former names, personal identity code, information that the person is alive, municipality of residence and permanent address. It does not include information on family relationships. You can use a certificate of life to give proof of your basic information and your existence at the certificate's time of issue. You need the certificate for purposes such as estate inventory if you are the heir or the beneficiary of the deceased person.
Order a Civil status certificate
You can use a civil status certificate to prove your marital status. This certificate shows whether you are married, in a registered partnership, unmarried, divorced or widowed.
Criminal Record Certificates
Apply for a Finnish Criminal records extract
Apply for a Finnish Criminal records extract
Finnish Criminal Record Extracts can be obtained from the Legal Register Centre. Paper certificates are required if the certificate is to be legalized or authenticated with an Apostille. If there is no data on criminal records, the extract can be issued in English, German, French or Spanish.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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For further information on confidentiality in our handling of document content please see:
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