Right to know your origins

You have the right to find out details about your origins which can lead you to discover the truth about important aspects of your personal identity. This right forms a part of the right to a private and family life.

Information about your origins includes the identity of your parents and the circumstances of your birth and upbringing if this information causes no harm to you or the law provides otherwise. To a certain extent this right overlaps with the more general right to access your own data, if the information about your origins has already been collected and stored by the State in a certain form.

The right to know your origins may also be related to the determination of paternity, if the biological link with your father has not been legally established.

About this section

In this section, you can learn what kind of information about your origins you may access and how to request this information from the state institutions.

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