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.
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
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.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
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.
|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|