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Foreigners get a different type of ID cards in Finland – differentiated by colour

Monday, 30 May 2011
Foreign citizens in Finland, from June this year will have a different colour ID cards than Finnish nationals. The new cards for foreign nationals will be brown, while the Finns will be blue.

Finnish news paper Aamulehti reports that the identification cards of Finnish and foreign nationals will differ clearly in the future. Adult Finns' ID cards will be blue, while foreigners' will be brown. Reports also hold that Police want to use the new colours to facilitate the monitoring of foreigners


ID cards of adult Finns can be used as travel documents, whereas the same is not true of ID cards of foreign nationals or minors, who are issued the card without a guardian’s consent.

New ID cards will also have added features to improve security. Old-style cards lack information regarding how long the document is valid.
By Scancomark.se Team

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