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This procedure provides you information on how you can obtain a European Certificate of Succession.


A European Certificate of Succession is only granted to the estates of persons who have died on 17 August 2015 or later, and it cannot be applied for in advance.

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Following the death of the deceased, a European Certificate of Succession is issued by the state that has jurisdiction over a matter related to the estate. The principal rule is that the authority in matters of estate administration and the distribution of an estate falls on the court of law of the member state in which the deceased resided upon their death, and this state's legislation will be applied. However, while alive, the deceased may use their will to stipulate that the legislation of the country in which they hold citizenship upon making this decision, or upon their death, will be applied. The choice of law enacted before the adoption date of the regulation will remain in force.

In Finland, European Certificates of Succession are granted by the Local Register Office of Uusimaa.

Required Information

  • Member State of the authority to which the application is submitted
  • Authority to which the application is submitted
  • Details concerning the applicant (natural person)
  • Intended purpose of the Certificate
  • Details concerning the deceased


  • Local Register Office of Uusimaa: You may submit your request for a European Certificate of Succession to the Local Register Office of Uusimaa. A link is provided under "Documents to Use" section which you can use to download the form.
  • E-service: You may also send your request online through Local Register Office's E-service - Link.

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Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.


European Certificate of Succession: 180 €


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application for a European Certificate of Succession

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Local Register Office of Uusimaa
Albertinkatu 25, FI-00180 Helsinki,
Phone: +358 29 55 36 999

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Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

The European Certificate of Succession is drafted using a form approved by the European Commission, and can be used by heirs, recipients of wills, executors of wills and administrators of estates to prove their position and authority in another Member State.

Note: The United Kingdom and Ireland have excluded themselves from applying the EU Regulation on International Successions. Denmark does not participate in the EU's civil cooperation. The new regulation does not apply to these countries. The regulation does not affect the processing of national matters of succession, and does not apply to taxation.

External Links

Local Register Offices


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