No big surprise in today’s globalized world where more people are traveling abroad – but I’d like to think that there’s just something “special” about us American boys. Special, like the Special Olympics…
Marriages between Finns and foreigners are becoming more popular. According to the newspaper Keskisuomalainen, the number of mixed-nationality marriages has risen by about one third in the past 10 years.
In 2005, about 3,000 Finns married foreigners. The number is up by 700 from 1996. Finnish men married foreigners slightly more often than women.
Most men married women from Russia, Thailand or Estonia. Finnish women tended to marry men from Britain, the United States and Turkey.
But looks like this rise in marriages isn’t equating into citizenship (yet)…
In total 4,450 foreigners permanently living in Finland became Finnish citizens in 2006. The number is 1,250 fewer than in 2005. Some 2,550 females and 1,900 males became Finnish citizens. About 1,300 were under 15 years old and 150 were over 65 years of age.
Meanwhile, about 2,550 European citizens took up Finnish citizenship. That’s 1,140 fewer than in 2005. Some 500 people who became Finnish were EU citizens, while 1,000 people from Asian countries became Finnish.
Foreigners from Russia, Somalia and Iraq were the most frequent recipients of Finnish citizenship.