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Every Finnish man is liable for military service (conscription)

Military service includes conscript service, refresher training, extra service and service during mobilisation as well as participation in call-ups and the examination of fitness for service. Call-ups form the first concrete step into military service.

The civic duty of military service is defined in the second chapter of the law on conscription (called Conscription Act). This duty affects all Finnish men and begins when a man turns 18. It continues till he reaches the age of 60. This means a man is liable for military service and that he is either in service, in the reserve or in the auxiliary reserve.

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Regional Offices manage conscription issues

The regional office responsible for the area in which your home municipality is located is in charge of matters relating to conscripts, reservists and all people liable for military service. The Regional Office assists you and manages issues relating to you throughout your military service. There is a link to the Regional Offices’ contact information below. Although the Regional Offices belong to the Army, they all also manage military service issues relating to all the services.

Military service matters of those living abroad

The regional office of a person living abroad is determined according to the municipality where that person is registered in the Finnish population register. According to legislation on home municipalities, a Finnish citizen permanently living abroad belongs to the municipality that previously was his last home municipality in Finland. If a person doesn't have a home municipality in Finland, the municipality is determined according to the home municipality or population register municipality of his mother, father or spouse - in that order. If the person's parents or spouse do not have a home municipality or population register municipality in Finland at the time, the population register municipality is Helsinki.

If you are unsure which regional office you belong to, you can ask at any regional office by sending them your full name and date of birth.

» Regional Offices

Guides for conscripts

Conscript 2015 guide (pdf 4,3 Mb)

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Updated by Army Command Finland 28.1.2015. Published 3.6.2010