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Finnish Parliament Divided on Blocking Dual Citizenship for Russians Amid Geopolitical Tensions

A recent survey conducted by Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, sheds light on the evolving attitudes toward Russians with dual Finnish-Russian citizenship, particularly in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The survey, involving responses from 96 members of the Finnish Parliament out of 200, indicates a notable divide on the issue, with 34 expressing support for blocking dual citizenship, 36 opposing the idea, and 26 remaining undecided.

Blocking Dual Citizenship for Russians

The survey reflects a distinct split among members of parliament, with those favoring a ban on dual citizenship primarily coming from the Finns Party and the National Coalition Party. The Ministry of Interior in Finland is actively considering adjustments to the rules governing dual citizenship, a move triggered by the geopolitical dynamics in the region.

At the close of 2022, Finland was home to approximately 90,000 Russian speakers, with 37,813 individuals holding dual Finnish-Russian citizenship. Those in favor of prohibiting dual citizenship argue that Russia itself does not recognize this status. However, those opposing the ban contend that several complex factors must be considered before making a decision.


Eva Biaudet, a member of the Swedish People’s Party, emphasizes the need to approach the issue with calmness, particularly in the face of Russian provocations. She points out that for many Russians who have grown up in Finland, dual citizenship holds significant cultural and identity value.

"It is important to remain calm in the face of Russian provocation or hybrid activities. For many who have grown up in Finland, dual citizenship is an important part of their heritage or identity," says Eva Biaudet.

Finland is already planning to tighten its citizenship laws, with the Ministry of Interior aiming to introduce stricter rules for those seeking Finnish citizenship. The residency time requirement for citizenship is expected to increase from the current five years to eight years, reflecting a broader shift in the country's approach to nationality and dual citizenship in a changing geopolitical landscape.


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