Published: 22 May 2012
According to Statistics Finland, there were over one million one-person household-dwelling units in Finland in 2011. The number of these household-dwelling units grew by 13,000 from the year before. The majority of the persons living alone are aged between 35 and 64. In 2011, their share of all persons living alone was 42 per cent. Good one-third of the persons living alone were aged at least 65. By contrast, 24 per cent of the persons living alone were one-person household-dwelling units of under 35-year-olds. The size of the share of under 35-year-olds of all persons living alone has not changed much during the 2000s. At the end of 2011, Finland had 2,556,000 household-dwelling units. The number grew by 19,000 from the previous year. Most of the growth in the number of household-dwelling units was due to increased numbers of one and two-person households.
Number of household-dwelling units by size 1975-2011
The number of one-person household-dwelling units increased by 13,000 and that of two-person household-dwelling units by 9,000. By contrast, the number of larger household-dwelling units with at least three members decreased by about three thousand. Compared with the year before, the number of household-dwelling units living in blocks of flats grew most, by 13,700. Relative to the total population, only around one-third live in blocks of flats, because smaller families and household-dwelling units live in blocks of flats than in detached or terraced houses.
Source: Dwellings and Housing Conditions, Statistics Finland
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