In 2000, the succession laws were altered to introduce absolute primogeniture among the grandchildren and further eligible descendants of King Henrik. The Finnish crown had previously descended according to male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning that females could only succeed if she has no living brothers and no deceased brothers who left surviving legitimate descendants.
Line of successionEdit
- King Kaarle I (1868-1940)
- Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse (1896-1980)
- King Fredrik II (1896–1989)
- Prince Christoph of Hesse (1901-1943)