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Finland begins autumn call-ups for military service from Monday

An estimated 37,000 people are expected to participate in the call-up events this year.

The call-ups are organised by the regional offices of the Finnish Defence Forces. Image: Sami Takkinen / Yle

The regional offices of the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) will begin organising military service call-ups across the country from Monday, the FDF has announced in a press release.

This year, male citizens born in 2004 will be summoned to call-ups.

During the autumn, the regional offices will organise 540 call-up events at 244 locations throughout Finland with an estimated 37,000 people expected to participate in the events this year.

"The purpose of the call-up is to ascertain the call-up candidates’ fitness for military service and, based on this, make decisions concerning their service. At the call-up, future conscripts are informed of where and when they are expected to do their service," the press release stated.

In addition to the age group on call-up, people from previous years who have been ordered to be re-examined or those who failed to attend their call-up without a legal impediment must also participate in the call-up events this year.

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