Exemption from service & Refusal of Service

 

1. Exemption on basis of capability

The non-military service center can exempt the obligee entirely during peace times or for a period of up to three years on basis of inability to properly perform their non-military service obligations, depending on the nature of the inability.

2. Exemption on basis of completed national service in another country

The non-military service center can exempt on basis of a written application, entirely or partially during peace times, that obligee which has had or has a nationality of another country along with Finnish nationality and has performed in said other country at least four months of conscripted service during peace times.

 3. Exemption on basis of dual nationality

The non-military service center can exempt on basis of a written application, during peace times, that obligee who has a nationality of another country. The prerequisite for this exemption is that the obligee does not live in Finland, and they are to prove that they have no actual ties with family, study, income, etc. in Finland. If there is a change in the circumstances that qualify the obligee for exemption and they move back to Finland before the end of the year in which they turn 30, the decision may be revoked and they will be required to complete alternative non-military service.

 Refusal of service

If you refuse to perform your non-military service duties, you must inform the non-military service center of your decision in a freeform written statement. The non-military service center will then make a report of the offense and the matter will be transferred to the prosecutor. In accordance with the Non-military service law 74§, the court will decide your sentence, which most often is either imprisonment or surveillance penalty for a time which is equal to half of your remaining service days.