For notarial acts and legalization, an appointment is required and processing time is ca. one week. It is required to provide information to whom and for what purpose the notarial certificate is requested for. Certificate can be written only in Finnish, Swedish or English. Finnish foreign missions may provide certain public notary actions as following:
Attestation of signature
Certification of copy from an original document
Certificate of life
When a document issued in a certain country is presented to the authorities of another country (e.g. for registration purposes), its validity has to be authenticated by a legalization process. Legalization of a document is a measure related to the customer's legal security, the purpose of which is to ensure that the issuing authority truly has the right to issue the document in question according to the laws of the country in which it was issued in.
Finnish missions can only legalize documents which have a connection to Finland and are based on official documents issued by a local authority/institution (personal statements/affirmations cannot be legalized). In order for a Chinese document to be valid in Finland (e.g. registration of birth, marriage, death or citizenship), the document shall be legalized with three steps as follows:
Please note that for the attachments of visa application when legalization is required, legalization of the Foreign Ministry of China is sufficient (legalization of Finnish mission is not required).
In principle, a service fee applies. Notarial act is free of charge only when the purpose is to notify the Population Register either via Finnish Mission i.e. the Mission delivers the document to the local Registration Office in Finland or the customer hi-/herself delivers it..
In order for a document issued in Finland to be valid in China, is has to be legalized in Finland. More information from website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49373&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI