Ry (suffix)
In Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...

, a ry is a suffix ending which generally denotes a registered, non-profit organization
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

. In this instance, ry is an abbreviation for rekisteröity yhdistys, or "registered association", e.g. tAAt ry
tAAt is a Finnish humor-based demogroup founded in 1992 which is active in participating and organizing demoscene events...

. Registration requires the organization to create legally sound constitution, which must be approved by the Registry office. Registration gives the organization juristic personality, with the right to own property independently of its members, and ensures the legal enforceability of its constitution.

Finland has around 130 000 yhdistystä (2011).
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