Death abroad

When someone dies abroad, you can get help from the Finnish mission in the country. Finland's mission in the country can assist, if necessary, in arrangements relating to the burial, cremation or repatriation of the body, respecting the wishes of the family. If the person who died did not have insurance, the family bear all the costs.

The mission's staff are usually informed about the death of a Finnish citizen by the authorities in the country, a tour guide or an honorary consul. The mission notifies the case of death to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which conveys the information to the Police in Finland.

The repatriation and funeral arrangements are taken care of by an undertaker.

In a case of death abroad, Finnish travel insurances usually cover either the cost of the repatriation of the body to the municipality of residence in Finland or local burial costs. If the person who died did not have insurance, the family bear all the costs. The repatriation to Finland can be fairly expensive.

In a case of death, you can contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs during office hours by phoning to +358 295 350 000 or outside office hours by calling the 24/7 service on +358 9 1605 5555.