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EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Beijing
CONSULATE GENERAL OF FINLAND, Shanghai

  • Embassy of Finland, Beijing
    Tel. +86-10-8519 8300, sanomat.pek@formin.fi
  • Consulate General of Finland, Shanghai
    Tel. +86 21 5292 9900, sanomat.sng@formin.fi
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Consular and Other Public


Arrest and imprisonment

If a Finnish citizen is arrested or imprisoned or has otherwise lost his freedom abroad, he has the right to request the police or prison authorities to inform the Finnish Foreign Mission about the incident. The Mission will notify the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which can forward the information to a person in Finland requested by the person concerned.

The Finnish Mission will, to the extent possible, observe the progress of the case. The Mission may assist the defendant in enquiring whether they are entitled to a public defender/legal counselor or an interpreter, and it may assist in obtaining one if requested by the defendant. However, the Finnish Mission cannot intervene in the legal process or request a specific court ruling nor order the release of an arrested or imprisoned person. The Finnish Mission can neither give any judicial advice nor enter a plea on behalf of the accused citizen as these actions fall within the responsibilities of a legal counselor or an attorney.

Car

Questions concerning the import and export of cars shall be addressed to the local authorities in Finland and China. For further information, please refer to the Finnish Customs and the corresponding authority in China http://english.customs.gov.cn/ as well as Embassy of China in Helsinki.


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Child and family law (incl. birth)

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs provides assistance to the Finnish Social authorities in cases concerning paternity acknowledgement, maintenance agreement, custody, meeting rights and child protection in cases where one party concerned lives abroad. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs also assists  the authorities in questions concerning child abduction.

A Finnish citizen born in China may be registered directly to the Local Register Office in Finland or via a Finnish mission abroad. Registration is free of charge and takes around 3 to 4 weeks. The following documents are required:

  1. English language Birth Certificate issued by the hospital shall be notarized at a Chinese notary office. Contact information of notary offices in China: www.chinanotary.org/ (in Chinese).
  2. After that, the notarized document shall be legalized:
  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: At the Foreign Ministry of China
    Contact information: Legalization Division of the Consular Section of Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, 7th floor, South Tower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 2 Road, Chaoyangmen, Beijing. Tel. +86-010-65889761

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: Local Foreign Affairs Office, FAO
    Contact information: Shanghai Municipality Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Authentication Office, Equatorial Hotel Office Building, Hua Shan Road No. 228, 2nd floor, Shanghai, Tel. +86-021-6247 0833

  1. Lastly, a Finnish mission shall legalize the document:

  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: Embassy of Finland in Beijing

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai

Paternity and citizenship of a child
As a rule, if a child is born out of wedlock and only the father is a Finnish citizen at the time of the child's birth, paternity must be confirmed in the country of the child's residence according to local legislation. A paternity decision issued abroad is recognized in Finland without a separate legal establishment. In China, however, acknowledgement of paternity cannot be done through local Chinese authorities. The acknowledgement should, instead, be signed in person at a Finnish mission. The competent authority in registration issues in Finland is the Local Register Office. After establishment of paternity, the child may receive Finnish citizenship by citizenship declaration (only applicable to children born after 1st June 2003). The competent authority in citizenship issues is the Finnish Immigration Service.

Custody of a child is actualized as either single parent custody or a joint custody of both parents. Decisions made in China regarding custody and meeting rights come into effect in Finland as such. District Court of Helsinki may, on application, rule whether a specific custody decision issued in a third country can be implemented in Finland. The competent authority is the Local Register Office.

Adoption of a child
When a foreign adoption is valid in Finland, the child will obtain Finnish citizenship. In China, an adoption is confirmed by an adoption agreement signed by the parents in the local Ministry of Civil Affairs. The adoption is then finalized by a legal registration at the local notary office. The adopted child travels to Finland with their Chinese passport and a Schengen visa. For the visa application and the registration of the child, the following legalized documents are required: adoption agreement; certificate of the registration of the adoption; and the child's birth certificate OR information regarding his/her birth OR certificate of abandonment. Legalizations are charged according to the service fee list.

Abduction
Finnish citizens and their children residing in China belong to the jurisdiction of Chinese authorities. Therefore, in case of a child abduction, the Chinese authorities must be contacted. As general practical advice for preventing child abduction cases, meeting rights agreements confirmed by the court in divorce cases should be strictly observed. In child abduction cases occurred in Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs should be contacted.


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Crime report

After encountering crime or violence, it is recommended to report the incident at the nearest police station as soon as possible. The police report is needed e.g. for the insurance company or when applying for a new passport. In China, the police emergency number is 110. English speaking service is available in Beijing through number (010) 8401 5300.

Street crime is not common in China, but it is recommended to follow the usual safety precautions. It is recommended to avoid public demonstrations and dark streets and watch out for pickpockets in crowded tourist areas. Valuables should be kept in a locked place e.g. in the safe deposit box of a hotel, and carry only essential belongings. It is recommendable to take copies of the most important documents (e.g. passport, visa and flight tickets) and keep them separate from the originals. It is also recommendable to keep one means of payment instrument (e.g. one bank card) in a separate place from the others. Passport, money or other valuables should never be left inside a car.

Stolen or missing debit and credit cards may be informed immediately to a blocking service to prevent any misuse. Missing mobile phone may be reported to your own mobile phone operator.

According to Chinese legislation a foreigner shall carry a passport with him/her, but in practice a paper copy or a photograph of passport and visa/residence permit have been sufficient. More information concerning lost passport.

A criminal case is processed according to local legislation. More information is given by alawyerand he/she might be able to represent the defendant in the court. Police investigation and court proceedings might endure for a long time. In some cases it might be necessary to reappear in person for court hearing.

Finnish Victim Support provides support services also for victims of crimes occurred abroad: www.riku.fi

Criminal record extract

From Finland: www.oikeusrekisterikeskus.fi/fi/index/rekisterit/rikosrekisteri/yksityisenhenkilontiedonsaantioikeus/rikostaustaote.html

A foreigner living in China can apply for a Criminal record extract through a local notary office which has foreign –related service.  The general documents needed for the Criminal record extract are;

  • Original passport with a copy of the residence permit
  • Residence registration form

Additional information from Chinese authorities (in chinese):

Customs

Information concerning the import and export of e.g. removal goods to/from Finland can be obtained from the Finnish Customs.

Information concerning import and export to/from China can be obtained from local customs: http://english.customs.gov.cn/


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Death

When a Finnish mission receives notification concerning a Finnish citizen deceased in China (e.g. from a local authority, honorary consul, tour guide or other instance), the deceased person´s next of kin will immediately be informed of the incident through Ministry for Foreign Affairs. If needed, the Finnish mission will assist with issues regarding repatriation, burial or cremation of the deceased person according to the wishes of the next of kin. The following documents are required: power of attorney from the next of kin to the Finnish mission or local coodinator, and legalized population extract concerning kinship.

Travel Insurance may cover the repatriation of the deceased person´s remains to Finland or the costs of local burial in China. If the deceased did not have travel insurance, the relatives are responsible for all costs. The costs of repatriation to Finland may be very high. If the deceased did not have assets or the relatives cannot be responsible for the repatriation nor burial, the deceased is buried in China according to local legislation.

Repatriation of a coffin: The practicalities will be taken care of by a local funeral home in China and the receiving funeral home in Finland. The following document are required for repatriation: passport, death certificate, embalming certificate, coffin certificate and quarantee certificate. The death certificate and post mortem certificate can be ordered from a local coordinator. Enquiries about the possibility of sending personal belongings of the deceased person with the coffin should also be directed to the local coordinators.

Repatriation of a funeral urn: A funeral urn may be transferred to Finland by airplane either as hand luggage in the cabin or as cargo by agreeing on the delivery with the airline. Funeral urn cannot be sent by post or by courier (UPS, DHL, FedEx). Airlines generally require the following documents: passport, death certificate, cremation certificate and urn certificate. The funeral urn must be sealed and cannot be made of metal.

The death of a Finnish national deceased in China may be registered directly to the Local Register Office in Finland or via a Finnish mission abroad. Registration is free of charge and takes around 3 to 4 weeks. The following documents are required:

  1. Death certificate shall be notarized at a Chinese notary office, which also translates it into English. Contact information of notary offices in China: www.chinanotary.org/ (in Chinese)
  2. After that, the notarized document shall be legalized:
  • In Beijing jurisdiction: At the Foreign Ministry of China
    Contact information: Legalization Division of the Consular Section of Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, 7th floor, South Tower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 2 Road, Chaoyangmen, Beijing. Tel. +86-010-65889761

  • In Shanghai jurisdiction: Local Foreign Affairs Office, FAO
    Contact information: Shanghai Municipality Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Authentication Office, Equatorial Hotel Office Building, Hua Shan Road No. 228, 2nd floor, Shanghai, Tel. +86-021-6247 0833

  1. Lastly, a Finnish mission shall legalize the document:

  • In Beijing jurisdiction: Embassy of Finland in Beijing

  • In Shanghai jurisdiction: Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai


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Document inquiries

Document inquiries of a person living in China (e.g. population extract or address inquiry) shall be sent to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland either by email: kirjaamo.um@formin.fi or by mail: Ulkoasiainministeriö, PL 176, 00023 Valtioneuvosto. Documents or information regarding address can only be requested on the basis of actualizing the applicant´s legal rights, benefits or obligations (e.g. estate matter in Finland). Fee applies. More information and inquiry form: www.formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49437&culture=fi-FI&contentlan=1

Driving license

In China
A driving license issued in Finland does not entitle you to drive in China. Holder of a Finnish driving license must get a temporary Chinese driving license. For more information, please turn to the relevant local authority Beijing Vehicle Administration Bureau or the Embassy of China in Finland.

In Finland
Chinese driving license entitles to drive a vehicle in mainland Finland (new driving license law art. 61) from the beginning of 1st February 2018. The driving license must be written in roman characters and include information of the driving license and the license holder, or the official translation in Finnish or Swedish. For more information, visit the Finnish Transport Safety Agency's Trafi website.


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Fine

It is recommended to pay fines and penalties received in China to avoid any possible consequences (e.g. upon next entry into the country). The fine should be paid to the authority who issued it. Contact information can usually be found on the payment order. Finnish foreign missions cannot assist with payments of fines or penalties. Further information can be obtained from the competent local authority as well as the Embassy of China in Finland. In case of any problems, consulting a lawyer is advised.

Identity card

A Finnish citizen may prove his identity abroad with a passport or in the European Union and Schengen area with a Finnish identity card, which has been issued after March 1st 1999. Holders of Finnish identity card can travel within the EU and Schengen area without a passport. Finnish citizens can apply for an identity card at any police station in Finland or in a Finnish missions abroad. More information: Finnish police.


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Lawyers

In Finland
- The Finnish Bar Association: www.asianajajaliitto.fi

In China
- The lawyers´ offices: www.hg.org/firms-china.html

Legalizations

When a document issued in a certain country is presented to the authorities of another country (e.g. for registration purposes), its validity has to be authenticated by a legalization process. Legalization of a document is a measure related to the customer's legal security, the purpose of which is to ensure that the issuing authority truly has the right to issue the document in question according to the laws of the country in which it was issued in.

The legalization procedure between China and Finland has three steps. Finnish missions can only legalize documents which have a connection to Finland and are based on official documents issued by a local authority/institution (personal statements/affirmations cannot be legalized). In order for a Chinese document to be valid in Finland (e.g. registration of birth, marriage, death or citizenship), the document shall be legalized as follows:

  1. The document shall first be notarized in a Chinese notary office, which also translates it into English. Contact information of notary offices in China: www.chinanotary.org/ (in Chinese).
  2. After this, the notarized document shall be legalized:
  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: At the Foreign Ministry of China
    Contact information: Legalization Division of the Consular Section of Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, 7th floor, South Tower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 2 Road, Chaoyangmen, Beijing. Tel. +86-010-65889761

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: At Local Foreign Affairs Office, FAO
    Contact information: Shanghai Municipality Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Authentication Office, Equatorial Hotel Office Building, Hua Shan Road No. 228, 2nd floor, Shanghai, Tel. +86-021-6247 0833

  1. Lastly, a Finnish mission shall legalize the document:

  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: Embassy of Finland in Beijing

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai

Please note that for the attachments of visa application when legalization is required, legalization of the Foreign Ministry of China is sufficient (legalization of Finnish mission is not required).

In order for a document issued in Finland to be valid in China, is has to be legalized in Finland. More information from website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49373&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI


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Marriage and divorce

Marriage

General information concerning solemnizing marriage abroad or in Finland is available at Local Register Office www.maistraatti.fi. Information regarding the rights of Finnish Lutheran church pastors to solemnize marriages abroad is available at www.evl.fi. Marriage ceremonies are not performed at the Finnish missions abroad. For information regarding the requirements and necessary documents for getting married in China, please contact the authority who is to perform the marriage.

The certificate of “non-impediment to marriage” should be requested from the Local Register Office in the last place of residence in Finland, as the equivalent document issued by a Church Registry Office is not accepted in China. The document of non-impediment to marriage shall first be legalized in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland, and thereafter in the Embassy of China in Helsinki.

A marriage performed abroad is considered valid in Finland as long as it is valid in the country it was performed in, however, only after it has been registered to the Finnish Population Information System. The registration may be submitted directly to the Local Register Office in Finland or via a Finnish mission abroad. The registration is free of charge and takes around 3 to 4 weeks. The following documents are required:

  1. Marriage Certificate shall be notarized at Chinese notary office, which also translates it into English. Contact information of notary offices in China: www.chinanotary.org/ (in Chinese).
  2. After that, the notarized document shall be legalized:
  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: At the Foreign Ministry of China
    Contact information: Legalization Division of the Consular Section of Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, 7th floor, South Tower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 2 Road, Chaoyangmen, Beijing. Tel. +86-010-65889761

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: At Local Foreign Affairs Office, FAO
    Contact information: Shanghai Municipality Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Authentication Office, Equatorial Hotel Office Building, Hua Shan Road No. 228, 2nd floor, Shanghai, Tel. +86-021-6247 0833

  1. Lastly, a Finnish mission shall legalize the document:

  • In Beijing's jurisdiction: Embassy of Finland in Beijing

  • In Shanghai's jurisdiction: Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai

Divorce

Divorce of a Finnish citizen should be registered at the Finnish Population Information System.

Divorce in Finland:

A divorce may be initiated at a District Court by joint application or by one party: application form (only in Finnish or Swedish). Custody, child support, visiting rights and cohabiting as well as distribution of property may be settled in connection with the divorce.

Divorce abroad:

In principle a divorce performed abroad is valid in Finland without a separate confirmation. If needed, the Helsinki District Court may decide if the foreign divorce is valid in Finland.

A divorce decision granted in China shall be presented either as original or legalized and shall be translated into Finnish, Swedish or English. Translations done in Finland by an authorized translator are valid as such, but translations done abroad must be legalized.

A divorce decision granted in the EU area is recognized in Finland as such, as long as it is accompanied by a certificate issued in accordance with the EU provisions. The certificate can be obtained from the authority that granted the divorce, and no translation is required.

The divorce decision can be sent either via a Finnish mission or directly to the Registry Office in Länsi-Suomi/Pietarsaari (PL 26, 68601 Pietarsaari) or the local registry office of the last place of domicile.


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Military service

According to Finnish law, all Finnish men are liable for military service. According to the Conscription Act §1 this duty takes effect at the beginning of the year in which a man turns 18 years and is in effect until the end of the year in which he turns 60. Military service is carried out at the age of 18-29. Women may also complete a voluntary military service.

Finnish citizens residing abroad are equally liable for military service as those residing in Finland. According to law, those with dual citizenship can apply to be exempted from military service if their permanent residence is abroad (= no permanent ties to Finland). If military service has been carried out in another country, an exemption from the Finnish military service can be applied for. An exempted conscript with dual citizenship can be ordered into service if he moves to Finland before the end of the year in which he turns 30 (Conscription Act 75§). It is, however, important to make sure that the dual citizenship and address information is properly registered in the Finnish Population System. More information can be found from the Local Register Office.

Call-ups will be held every year between August and November for Finnish males who turn 18 years during that particular year. It is required for a conscript to keep his population register data up-to-date regarding citizenships and addresses, as every conscript will be sent a guide book and a letter concerning the place and time for the call-up to the registered address. The person residing abroad need not arrive in the call-up in person, but the duty shall be processed by contacting Regional Office in Finland.

More information: The Finnish Defence Forces

Money transfers

The quickest and easiest way to transfer money to China is to request a relative or a friend to transfer money abroad via money transfer companies (some of these are listed below). These companies operate in several cities and various locations. As a rule, money transfer companies require an identity document from the person receiving a money transfer. It is recommended to inform the code or tracking number of the money transfer to the receiver. In addition to the money transfer companies listed below, money transfers can be done visa the electronic PayPal service, which requires both the sender in Finland and the receiver in China to log in to the electronic service with their own account.

Western Union
Forex
MoneyGram
Tavex

If a Finnish citizen or a foreigner permanently living in Finland is in distress, and is not able to receive money via money transfer companies, the Finnish foreign missions may assist with money transfers via the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The transfer is done either directly from the person´s own bank account or against a deposit from the relatives (subject to a fee of 40 euros). Assistance in money transfers can only be given during the office hours of the mission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.


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Moving and address change

Law on Population Information Centre´s certificate services (661/2009) obligates Finnish citizens to notify the Population Information System immediately of any changes to their personal data (including address change).  The address change shall be done to the Local Registration Office within one week of the move each time when changing residence permanently or temporarily (incl. abroad) for more than three months.

Notification of an address change is to be submitted to the Local Register office or to a Finnish foreign mission by filling out the form: “Change of address notification form for a person living abroad when registered in the Finnish Population Information System”.  Address change may be informed to local register office by email: address@maistraatti.fi. Address information can be inquired for from Population Register, fees apply.

If a foreigner aims to stay in Finland permanently or for more than 90 days, a residence permit is required (more information from the Finnish Immigration Service: www.migri.fi). There is a guide to social security rights when migrating to Finland by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) “Moving to Finland”.  Also a website www.suomi.fi offers information on public services in everyday life. Information concerning importing removal goods to Finland may be obtained from the website of the Finnish Customs.

With issues concerning immigration to China, please contact the local authorities. Prior to the journey or moving to China, it is recommended to check up-dated regulations either from local authority Ministry of Public Security, Exit and Entry Administration Public Security Bureau  www.mps.gov tai Embassy of China in Helsinki.

Notarial services and legalization  

For notarial acts and legalization, an appointment is required and these are not usually done while waiting. Finnish foreign missions may provide certain public notary actions as following:

  • Attestation of signature
  • Certification of copy from an original document
  • Certificate of life
  • Legalization


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Pensions

The pension scheme in Finland consists of employment-based earnings-related pension and the residence-based national pension. The employment-based pension is achieved during the time of active participation in working life. The residence-based pension provides minimum security for those, who do not receive employment-based pension or whose pension is very low. Further information on earnings-related pension can be obtained from the Central Pension Security Institute www.etk.fi or www.tyoelake.fi.  Further information on the national pension can be obtained from the Social Insurance Institution (KELA): www.kela.fi.

Pets

Information regarding the importing of pets to Finland can be found on the webpage of Evira (Finnish Food Safety Authority). The site contains information concerning the requirements for the EU pet passport as well as what is needed for the identification mark, rabies vaccination, echinococcosis medication and what are the accepted border crossing points.

Export regulations concerning animals are always within the jurisdiction of the destination country. For more information concerning Chinese regulations, please refer to the local authority 'General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the PRC' or the Embassy of China in Helsinki. More information concerning vaccination of pets can be obtained from International Animal´s Hospital www.icvsasia.com/. Finland has not set any specific requirements for the export of animals.


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Population information system

Population Information System contains personal data of Finnish citizens foreigners permanently living in Finland. Population Information Act (661/2009) obligates to notify the Population Information System immediately of any changes to their personal data (including change of address) during their residence aboard. Several rights and obligations of individuals concerning e.g. passports, military service, citizenship, pension, estate, tax and voting are determined based on the Population Information.

All documents concerning changes to the Population Information (e.g. marriage / birth / death abroad / new citizenship) must be legalized. The notification may be submitted either to the Local Register Office or to the Finnish foreign mission abroad, and no fee is charged. Registration forms are available at the missions or in the following website: www.maistraatti.fi/fi/lomakkeet/.

Instructions for registering marriage, birth, death and address change can be found through the links below:

Legislation concerning the population information data gives everyone the following rights, which may be exercised by contacting the Local Register Office:

- The right of access: A person may check their personal data free of charge once a year: Check Your Registration Date

- The right of rectification: A person may request their personal data to be corrected or completed based on relevant legalized documents.

- The right to prohibit processing: A person may prohibit their personal data from being submitted for marketing or address inquiry purposes.

Public service info

The Public Service Info is an information point of the Finnish public services. The aim of the service is to direct citizens to the right public service or authority, offer support in using e-services, and answer general questions concerning public services in Finland. Contact information: www.kansalaisneuvonta.fi.


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Sickness or accident

In case of an illness or accident, the nearest Finnish mission and your own insurance company and/or travel agency can assist in receiving immediate help required in the incident, e.g. by providing contact information of doctors or hospitals. In case of an emergency, call the Chinese emergency number 120. Assistance may also be requested from the reception of the hotel. Finnish foreign missions may assist in contacting the next of kin residing in Finland.

In the case of a sickness or accident, it is recommended to contact your insurance company, who can give instructions, contact a doctor and arrange repatriation if needed. If the local physician does not accept a payment commitment of medical expenses of a foreign insurance company, the fees shall first be paid by the patent himself.

Social security

In Finland, social security is for the most part residence-based. To be eligible for social security benefits, it is usually required that the applicant lives in Finland. According to Finnish legislation, eligibility to social security benefits does not depend on citizenship. More information can be obtained from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA).

“In To Finland” is the common service point of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) and Finnish Tax Administration for foreigners (employees/students) moving to and from Finland: www.intofinland.fi


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Taxes

Information concerning the Finnish tax system can be obtained from the Finnish Tax Administration.

“In To Finland” is the common service point of the Finnish Tax Administration and Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) for foreigners (employees/students) moving to and from Finland: www.intofinland.fi

Translators and interpreters

The Finnish Foreign Missions do not offer translations or interpretation services.

Finland:
- The Finnish Association of translators and interpreters www.sktl.net
- Finnish National Agency for Education's list of authorized translators: www03.oph.fi/kaantajat/

China:
Translators Association of China http://tac-online.org.cn/en/ has some Finnish language translation services:

- www.transbond.cn/en/
www.transfu.com/en/
- www.ecsunlike.com/en/
- www.bds-cn.com/en/yunchi/

The Finnish missions are not responsible for the content or services of any external service providers.


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Travel insurance

When travelling to China, it is recommended to buy a travel and baggage insurance, as well as liability and legal expenses insurance. Travel insurance enables more extensive health care and depending on the terms and conditions of the insurance, it also provides repatriation. In the absence of travel insurance, hospital care in China can become very expensive. Finnish missions are not liable for the costs of treatment or repatriation.

Voting

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for organizing an absentee voting abroad. Each person entitled to vote has the right to vote abroad in the absentee voting at the predetermined polling stations. A list of the absentee polling stations as well as their business hours is published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice once the elections are nearing. The Ministry of Justice has the general responsibility for organizing elections as it is the highest electoral authority in Finland. More information can be obtained from: www.vaalit.fi


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