Finland is one step closer to introducing a digital identification system when the ministerial working group approved the relevant legislative proposal on Thursday.
Starting next year, proof of identity is likely to be possible with a mobile app.
The recognition app works for both personal and online interaction.
"Digital identity improves people’s ability to manage their information and makes everyday life easier in many ways," said the municipal minister Sirpa Paatero in the opinion.
In the meantime, Finland is also working to renew its personal identity number, which will enable it to be gender-neutral.
The government said gender-neutral IDs do not change existing IDs. They will be introduced in 2027 and granted to those born in Finland or moving to Finland after that.
In addition to preventing discrimination based on sex, the government announced its goal of speeding up the process of identifying foreigners.
"There is currently a shortage of experts in many industries, and companies need and want to recruit foreign experts. The possibility of issuing personal identification numbers more quickly to promote labor migration," said the Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä.
Since 2019, the authorities have not considered driving licenses valid in situations where a strong identity card is required.
Legislative proposals on both digital identity and personal identification numbers are expected to arrive in Parliament this fall.
Source: The Nordic Page