Legalisation of documents from Finland for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Finland in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Finland can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • the European part of the Netherlands
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Requirements for your document

Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Translation of a document

If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:

  • Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
  • It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
  • If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.

Which documents can be legalised?

You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are extracts from the population register.

You can get an extract from the population register at a Local Register Office ('Maistraatti'). Population register extracts show all known data relating to the person in question. Finland does not issue separate civil status records, such as birth certificates, certificates of unmarried status, etc.

Where can you have your document legalised?

You can get your document legalised at a Local Register Office ('Maistraatti'). For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). The information on this website is in English.

Documents issued by the Finnish consulate in Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Finnish consulate in Willemstad must be legalised by the Foreign Relations Department (DBB) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Netherlands.

Mediation by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague

As of 1 june 2018 the Consular Service Centre (CDC) can no longer help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. It does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.