Start-up notification of associations

A non-profit association must file a start-up notification to the Trade Register if it has

  • a permanent place of business or
  • employs at least one person

for the purpose of carrying on a trade.

How to file the notification

Fill in form Y1 and appendix form 12 and the personal data form.
See the forms and further instructions at

Use a specific personal data form for submitting identification data of persons. Do not fill in personal identity codes or home addresses on any other notification forms. Read more about personal identity codes and home addresses.

Form Y1 must be signed by the chairperson of the association’s Executive Committee or any person authorised by the chairperson.

If an authorised person signs the notification, either the original general power of attorney or a certified copy must be enclosed.

Send the forms and enclosures to the address given on the form.

Details to fill in

  • association’s business name

    The business name must contain the association’s name as entered in the Trade Register. Read more about company names.
  • what kind of business the association carries out

    Please note: the purpose of the association as defined in its rules cannot be entered in the Trade Register as its business. Under section 5 of the Finnish Associations Act (503/1989), an association may only practice a trade or other economic activity that has been provided for in its rules or that otherwise relates to the realisation of its purpose or that is to be deemed economically insignificant.
  • the association’s name and registered office as entered in the Register of Associations
  • the postal address used by the association in its business.

What documents need to be enclosed?

Enclose the following documents with the notification:
  • The receipt for the handling fee
  • evidence on the association’s right to practice a trade, if necessary
  • evidence on the election of the chairperson of the Executive Committee, if necessary
  • when holders of procuration are notified for registration in the Trade Register, evidence on their election in the form of a certified copy of the meeting of the Executive Committee

Please note

The association must be registered in the Register of Associations before it can be recorded in the Trade Register. There is no need to submit an extract from the Register of Associations or association’s rules to the Trade Register, because we acquire them of our own motion.

How to found an association.

What does it cost to file?

A start-up notification costs 380 euros.

Pay the handling fee in advance and enclose the receipt with your notification. See our payment instructions.

Monitor the progress of your notification online

Monitor the progress of your notification using the notification search in the Virre Information Service. Search by using the Business ID or the record number. Go to the notification search in the Virre Information Service.

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Latest update 18.02.2021