Registered association (Finland)
In Finland a rekisteröity yhdistys (Finnish for registered association) or registrerad förening (Swedish) is a registered, non-profit organization. The abbreviations ry (Finnish) or rf (Swedish) are used as a suffix ending of the association's name. Registration requires the association to create a legally sound constitution, which must be approved by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. Registration turns the association into a juridical person with legal personality and the right to own property independently of its members, and it ensures the legal enforceability of its constitution.
Finland has around 130,000 registered associations (2011).