Finally today I received confirmation that I'm officially on the Finnish population register as a citizen. All details had to be properly recorded before I could apply for a passport and now it's finally done.
It's a bit of a nuisance really because you have to apply in person at the consulate in Sydney. I don't live in Sydney! I just don't understand why countries in the EU can't have a single office in each capital city for the purpose of collecting biometric details for their passports. Instead, different countries collect data in different cities. I remember Tom (nb Waiouru) having to come to Melbourne from Adelaide to have his biometric details taken for his British visa. Melbourne would be good for me but no, I have to go to Sydney. Oh well. It will all be worth it to have that passport in my hand. My ticket to a year in England.
I better go check out flights to Sydney.