Politicians from Finland are urging the government to accelerate plans to introduce a new identification card that would work across all countries in Scandinavia.

News Now Finland reports Anna-Maja Henriksson and Thomas Blomqvist – of the Swedish People’s Party of Finland – called on the government to make haste. The SFP is a liberal-centrist political party in Finland aiming to represent the interests of the minority Swedish-speaking population of Finland.

In 2017, the Nordic Council recommended the five Nordic national governments to introduce an ID card that would be unique to each country.

This ID card should be legible and accepted throughout the Nordic countries and would make it easier for residents of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland to get a subscription to a mobile phone or open a bank account.

“The Nordic vision is to be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world. To achieve this, our citizens must be able to live our lives as smoothly as possible, including across borders,” Henriksson said.

She added: “Political will exists. That is why it is important that Finland, at the level of the authorities, is now working unreservedly to put the Nordic e-ID into practice.”

Norway and Denmark have done the most preparatory work to introduce a new type of card.

Despite the fact that ID cards issued in Finland hold a chip, it is considered old technology and needs to be changed.

“The challenges we face today are new and require new solutions. Reforms must adapt to a fast and digital world. We must not be left behind in this,” Blomqvist said.

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