Finland vows to tighten citizenship laws: Here's what will change for immigrants

07:54 PM | 17 Oct, 2023
Finland vows to tighten citizenship laws: Here's what will change for immigrants

HELSINKI - Finland is set to tighten its criteria for obtaining citizenship, aiming to implement more rigorous regulations, Minister of Interior Mari Rantanen confirmed.

The minister emphasized that Finnish citizenship won't be automatic, highlighting the need for stricter eligibility standards in the future.

The details imply that the proposed changes will pertain to residence duration, income prerequisites, and probity as the government plans to extend the residency requirement from the existing five years. 

'Tightening the conditions and encouraging integration will mean that it will no longer be as easy to obtain citizenship as now, and that is the goal,' Rantanen explained but added that changes will not be unreasonable.

A statement by the Ministry of Interior also elaborated that the key reform is the extension of the general residence time requirement to eight years instead of the current five and in the future, only stays with a residence permit would be accepted as a residence period.

In addition, the number of days abroad accepted during the residence period would be reduced, the ministry highlighted. 

Additionally, foreign residents must demonstrate good conduct, providing proof of no involvement in certain crimes for citizenship as part of the amendments.

The government is also considering the possibility of revoking citizenship in cases of serious criminal offenses or false information during application.

Moreover, a citizenship test, similar to those used in some EU nations, is on the cards as well which will evaluate applicants' knowledge of Finnish society, including its rules, history, and political system.

The Interior Minister explained that the purpose of the citizenship test is to find out whether the person understands the operating principles and values ​​of Finnish society and whether the person is actually oriented towards Finnish society or not, Schengenvisainfo reported.

Finland is situated in Northern Europe and is characterized by its stunning landscapes of lakes, forests, and coastal areas. With a population of approximately 5.5 million, it stands as one of Europe's most sparsely populated nations.

Known for its high standard of living and advanced welfare system, Finland entices travelers with its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Annually, it welcomes around 4 million tourists, drawn to attractions like the Northern Lights, Arctic adventures, and historic sites. 


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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