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Latest publication: Preliminary population statistics 2019, May

Published: 28 April 2015

Migration gain from abroad maintained population growth in January to March 2015

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population increased by 1,540 persons over the January to March period. The only reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 1,980 higher than that of emigrants. There was no natural population growth in the first quarter, since deaths exceeded births by 440 persons. Deaths have last exceeded births for three consecutive months in 1942.

Population increase by month 2012–2015*

Population increase by month 2012–2015*

Finland's population at the end of March was 5,473,465. Population grew 2,400 persons less than in the respective period of one year previously.

According to the preliminary statistics for January to March period, 5,350 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 3,370 persons emigrated from Finland. The number of immigrants was 1,300 lower and the number of emigrants 140 lower than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In all, 1,360 of the immigrants and 2,380 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

During the January to March period, 13,390 children were born, which is 560 fewer than in the corresponding period of 2014. The number of deaths decreased by 690 from the year before and amounted to 13,830.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 53,400 by the end of March. Compared with the previous January to March period, the decrease was 1,600 migrations according to the municipal division of 2015.

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew only in Uusimaa, North Ostrobothnia, Pirkanmaa and Varsinais-Suomi in January to March of this year.

In the January to March period, the population grew most in absolute numbers in Uusimaa, where it went up by 3,380 persons. The next largest increase in population was seen in North Ostrobothnia, 390 persons. Relative to the population, population increase was also highest in Uusimaa, 2.1 per mil. Relative population growth was second largest in North Ostrobothnia, 1.0 per mil. Population loss was highest in absolute numbers in the region of Pohjois-Savo that lost 420 persons of its population. The population of Kymenlaakso decreased by 310 persons, which was the second biggest population loss. Relative to the population, the biggest population loss was found in Kainuu, 2.9 per mil and the second largest in Åland, 1.9 per mil.

Most migration gain from intramunicipal and international migration was collected by Uusimaa, 2,210 persons and Pirkanmaa, 320 persons. Most migration gain in relative terms was attained by Uusimaa, 1.4 per mil.

In absolute numbers, migration loss from total net migration was biggest in the region of Pohjois-Savo, 180 persons in both regions. In relative terms, the biggest migration loss from total net migration was found in Åland, 1.2 per mil and the second largest in Kainuu, 0.9 per mil of the population.

During January to March, migration between regions numbered 23,000. The highest gain from migration between regions was seen in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Etelä-Savo and Varsinais-Suomi. In absolute numbers, the highest gain from migration between regions was received by Uusimaa, 1,280 persons and Pirkanmaa, 230 persons. The relative migration gain was highest in Uusimaa: 0.8 per mil of the population.

Migration loss from migration between regions was largest in absolute numbers in the region of Ostrobothnia, 200 persons, and in relative terms in Kainuu, 1.4 per mil of the population.


Source: Population Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Miina Keski-Petäjä 029 551 3240, Marja-Liisa Helminen 029 551 3273

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 28.04.2015

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