Forename and surname

Under the Act on Forenames and Surnames, matters concerning notification and change of forenames and surnames are dealt with and decided by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. The Digital and Population Data Services Agency also provides advice on these matters.

The Act on Forenames and Surnames is available in the Finlex databank administered and maintained by the Ministry of Justice.

The new Act on Forenames and Surnames (946/2017) entered into force on 1 January 2019.