are issued to nationals of Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...
for the purpose of international travel. Aside from serving as proof of Finnish nationality, they facilitate the process of securing assistance from Finnish consular officials abroad or other EU-members in case a Finnish consular is absent, if needed. Finnish passports share the standardised layout and burgundy-red design with other EU countries.
From 1996, Finnish passports have been burgundy
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-colored and use the standard European Union passport design, with the Finnish Coat of arms
The coat of arms of Finland is a crowned lion on a red field, the right forepaw replaced with an armoured hand brandishing a sword, trampling on a saber with the hindpaws...
emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words "Euroopan unioni"
Finnish is the language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland Primarily for use by restaurant menus and by ethnic Finns outside Finland. It is one of the two official languages of Finland and an official minority language in Sweden. In Sweden, both standard Finnish and Meänkieli, a...
) and "Europeiska unionen"
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) meaning "European Union" are inscribed above the coat of arms, and the words "Suomi – Finland"
, the country's name in Finnish and Swedish, and "Passi – Pass"
, meaning "Passport" in Finnish and Swedish, below. In older EU passports, the words were entirely in capital letters, but current versions use mixed case. Biometric passport
A biometric passport, also known as an e-passport or ePassport, is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers...
s, issued starting August 21, 2006, also have the standard biometric symbol at the top.
Passports issued before the adoption of the EU design 1996 were dark blue and did not contain the "European Union" texts, but were otherwise broadly similar in appearance.
- Visa requirements for Finnish citizens
According to the "Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2011," Finnish citizens can travel to 173 countries visa-free / with visa on arrival, ranking 1st together with Denmark and Sweden in travel freedom according to the Index....
- Passports of the European Union