STATISTiCS released earlier this year revealed that 9,292 applicants were granted citizenship by the Finnish Immigration Service last year. Of these, 8,500 obtained citizenship by application and 792 by declaration.

The number of applicants was up by 10 per cent on the previous year, with 83 per cent of all decisions made being positive. Russians represented the largest group bestowed with citizenship in 2013, followed by Somalis, Iraqis and Afghans.

James O’Sullivan