Published: 20 May 2010

Number of children adopted to Finland from abroad increased slightly in 2009

According to Statistics Finland, 224 children born abroad were adopted to Finland in 2009. The number is 29 higher than in 2008. The number of adoptions of children born abroad has now reached the level where it was in the early 2000s. The number of adoptions of children born in Finland rose by six cases.

Adoptions of children born abroad to Finland 1984–2009

Adoptions of children born abroad to Finland 1984–2009

A total of 400 persons born either in Finland or abroad were taken as adoptive children in 2009, which is 35 more than in the year before. Among the adopted persons, 204 were female and 196 male. Most (234) of them were aged under five. Seventy-four were over the age of 18.

The largest group in the adoptions from abroad to Finland was children born in South Africa (43) and Russia (41). Of the children adopted from abroad to Finland 37 were born in China and 28 in Thailand. Thailand and Russia were the countries from where the largest numbers of children were adopted to Finland in 2008. The vast majority (87 %) of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. Fewer than half (39 %) 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, vaesto.tilasto@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 20.5.2010

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.8.2020].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/adopt/2009/adopt_2009_2010-05-20_tie_001_en.html