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Latest publication: Preliminary population statistics 2018, April

Published: 26 April 2018

Finland’s preliminary population figure 5,513,708 at the end of March

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population at the end of March was 5,513,708. During January-March Finland's population increased by 578 persons, which is 1,134 less than in the preliminary data the year before. The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 3,273 higher than that of emigrants. There was no natural population growth, since deaths exceeded births by 2,695 persons.

Population increase by month 2014–2018*

Population increase by month 2014–2018*

According to the preliminary statistics for January-March 2018, a total of 11,635 children were born, which is 472 fewer than in the corresponding period 2017. The number of deaths was 14,330, which is 289 lower than one year earlier.

Altogether 6,742 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 3,469 persons emigrated from Finland during January-March period. The number of immigrants was 613 lower and the number of emigrants 338 higher than in the previous year. In all, 1,658 of the immigrants and 2,215 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 57,398 by the end of March. Compared with the previous year, the increase was 334 migrations according to the municipal division of 2018.

Same-sex marriages took legal effect in March 2017. A total of 30 women and 24 men entered into marriage in which the spouse was of the same sex during January-March period in 2018. In all, 40 women and 27 men changed their registered partnership into marriage.

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew only in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, North Ostrobothnia and Åland in the beginning of 2018.

The population grew most in absolute numbers in Uusimaa, where it grew by 3,991 persons. The next largest increase in population was seen in Pirkanmaa, 298 persons. Relative to the population, population increase was highest in Uusimaa, 2.4 per mil, in Åland, 1.3 per, mil and in Pirkanmaa, 0.6 per mil. Population loss was highest in absolute numbers in the region of Etelä-Savo that lost 607 persons of its population. The population of Kymenlaakso decreased by 478 persons, which was the second biggest population loss. Relative to the population, the biggest population loss was found in Etelä-Savo, 4.1 per mil.

Most migration gain from intramunicipal and international migration was collected by Uusimaa, 3,165 persons and Pirkanmaa, 468 persons. Most migration gain in relative terms based on total net migration was attained by Uusimaa, 1.9 per mil and Åland, 1.8 per mil.

In absolute numbers, migration loss from total net migration was biggest in the region of Etelä-Savo, 271 persons. In the region of Kymenlaakso the loss was 137 persons. In relative terms, the biggest migration loss from total net migration was found in the region of Etelä-Savo, 1.8 per mil of the population.

During January to March 2018, migration between regions numbered 24,955, which was 3,627 moves greater than in the previous year. The positive gain from migration between regions was seen in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme and Åland. In absolute numbers, the highest gain from migration between regions was received by Uusimaa, 1,435 persons. The relative migration gain was also highest in Uusimaa, 0.9 per mil of the population.

Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in absolute numbers in the region of Etelä-Savo, 308 persons. Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in relative terms also in the region of Etelä-Savo, 2.1 per mil of the population.


Source: Preliminary population statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Joonas Toivola 029 551 3355, Joni Rantakari 029 551 3249, Matti Saari 029 551 3401, info@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 26.4.2018

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Preliminary population statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=2243-3627. March 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.5.2018].
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