Published: 27 June 2008

Number of children adopted to Finland from abroad fell in 2007

According to Statistics Finland, 207 children born abroad were adopted to Finland in 2007. The number was 20 lower than in 2006. Especially the number of children adopted from China was clearly lower in 2006 and 2007 than in 2005. The number of adoptions of children born abroad has now reached the level where it was in the early 2000s.

A total of 370 persons born either in Finland or abroad were taken as adoptive children in 2007. Among the adopted persons, 196 were female and 174 male. Most (228) of them were aged under five. Eighty-three were over the age of 18.

Adoptions of persons born abroad to Finland 1983–2007

Adoptions of persons born abroad to Finland 1983–2007

The largest group in the adoptions from abroad to Finland was children born in China (45). Forty of the children adopted from abroad to Finland were born in Thailand and 25 in South Africa. The largest numbers of children were adopted to Finland from China and Thailand also in 2006. Adoptions from Russia diminished clearly in 2007. The vast majority (86%) of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. Fewer than half (38%) of the adoptions of children born in Finland were made by two parents.


Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari (09) 1734 3401, Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 27.6.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2014].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/adopt/2007/adopt_2007_2008-06-27_tie_001_en.html.

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