THINGS are very up in the air at the minute but I suspect every person who has chosen to live in this country instead of being born here has considered what Brexit might mean to them on a personal level.

Many EU migrants, such as myself, have not even considered applying for a British citizenship, as it hasn’t been a requirement for their stay.

Now, things have changed and the number of applications has skyrocketed.


I was discussing this with my Dutch acquaintance, who has lived here for 17 years.

As Holland does not allow dual citizenship, he would have to give up on his Dutch passport.

That would be one choice I’d never have to make, as Finland has no qualms about me serving both scones and rye bread at the same table - but it does raise an interesting question: Would I give up my nationality to secure my stay in the UK?

What wouldn’t I give for the life that I love? 

In one sense it’s a no-brainer: I left my family, friends and effectively everything I had ever known to pursue my choice to live abroad.

What difference is one word in a box in official paperwork going to make?

Despite this, and the fact that the choice is merely hypothetical, I honestly can’t say would I do it.

This year marks the one hundredth year of independence for Finland.

Up until 1917, Finland was not a country of its own but fully under Russian rule and, before that, under Swedish rule.

Before 1860 we were basically a colony, with no right to govern our own regions, collect our own taxes or have a say in anything regarding our own country.

Up until 1902, Finnish wasn’t even an official language in Finland, and even after that Russian was the official language of our parliament until we finally became independent.

My grandfather fought against Russians twice, and my grandmother suffered shrapnel in her leg for the rest of her life after her hometown was bombed.

My handing a British passport to a customs officer the next time I flew in to visit my parents wouldn’t change any of Finland’s unique past or my relationship with it.

But I’m still glad I don’t need to consider it.