Russians remain the largest group of dual citizens in Finland

Finland is home to 143,256 people with any other citizenship besides Finnish, the largest group being Russians, the country’s statistics office said on Friday.
“The largest groups with dual citizenship at the end of 2020 were citizens of Russia (34,890), Sweden (8,987), Somalia (7,469), Estonia (6923) and Iraq (5923),” the statement said.
At the end of 2020, there were 143,256 permanent residents in Finland who held citizenship of some other country in addition to Finnish citizenship. Of these, 23 615 people were native Finnish citizens who acquired the citizenship of another country, and 119 641 were foreign citizens who received Finnish citizenship.
In 2020, 7,816 foreign citizens permanently residing in Finland received Finnish citizenship. Overall, 1,833 fewer Finnish citizenship was granted than in 2019. In relative terms, this number has decreased by 19% over the previous year.
In 2020, Finnish citizenship was much more often received by citizens of Russia – 1546 people from among those who received Finnish citizenship. This is 400 less than a year earlier. Iraqi citizens were the second largest group of recipients of Finnish citizenship, with 602. Somali citizens ranked third with 541 and 516 Estonian citizens in fourth place.
Of those who have acquired Finnish citizenship, 4,179 are women and 3,637 are men. The average age for women was 30.2 years and for men, 27.7 years. According to the five-year age groups, the number of persons who received Finnish citizenship was the highest among persons aged 30 to 34 years, only 1242 people, which is 16% of all those who received Finnish citizenship, the report says.