HELSINKI – First same-sex adoptions

Finland recorded its first two first same-sex adoptions as a male couple and a female couple adopted infants three years after the country’s reformed Marriage Act, which made it possible for same-sex couples to marry and adopt.

The two adoptions, which took place in the Helsinki region, are a milestone. 

In the EU, the Netherlands was the first country to allow same-sex marriages in 2001, after which Sweden and Norway followed suit in 2009, while Denmark took the step in 2012.

Finland, together with Slovenia, only modernised their laws in 2017.

According to Juha Jämsä, the executive director of LGBTQ organisation, The Rainbow Families Association, adoption is likely to become the most common way to have children, along with foster parenting.

“Adoption is especially important from the perspective of male couples’ opportunities, a new way to parenthood,” Jämsä told the tabloid Ilta-Sanomat in an interview.

(Pekka Vänttinen |

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