How to found an association

An association can be founded for the common realisation of a non-profit purpose.

Non-profit associations include, for example:

  • cultural and social associations and charitable organisations;
  • entertainment associations, athletic clubs, and hobby clubs;
  • trade associations; and
  • political parties.

How to found an association and file it for registration

An association must have at least three founders. All founding members must be aged 15 years or over. An association can also be founded by an organisation, such as a registered association, a company, or a foundation.

Make a charter about the founding of your association and enclose the rules drawn up for the association with it.

1. Read instructions on charter of association 
2. Read instructions on rules3. Read instructions on chairperson and others who can sign for association4. Read instructions on executive committee
5. File start-up notification

A register extract from the PRH for new associations

When the association has been registered, the PRH will send a register extract for the association. The extract is free of charge.

Register extracts are public documents that anyone can buy from the information service of the Register of Associations. A register extract contains the basic details of an association, and the details of the persons entitled to sign for and act on behalf of the association. Go to the information service of the Register of Associations.

See the legislation for more information

The founding of an association is regulated in Chapter 2 in the Finnish Associations Act.

Read more about the Finnish Associations Act in the reference database of Finnish legislation Finlex (in Finnish).

Read more about the Finnish Associations Act in the reference database of Finnish legislation Finlex (in Swedish).

See also our website for an unofficial English translation of the Associations Act.

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Latest update 19.09.2019