In Finland, a rekisteröity yhdistys (Finnish for registered association) is a registered, non-profit organization. The abbreviation ry is 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 gives the association legal personality (juridical personality), with the right to own property independently of its members, and ensures the legal enforceability of its constitution.
Finland has around 130 000 associations (2011).
- Finnish Associations Act at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office
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