Published: 25 October 2018

Persons born in 1963 the biggest age group in Finland

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, persons born in 1963 have become the biggest age group in our population during the third quarter. At the end of September, 75,223 of them were living permanently in Finland. The second biggest age group was those born in 1948, whose number in the population was 75,087 at the end of September. Before this, persons born in 1948 have formed the biggest age group in Finland continuously since 1996.

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population at the end of September was 5,520,535. Over the January to September period, Finland's population increased by 7,405 persons, which is 4,141 lower than in the corresponding period of last year. The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 11,525 higher than that of emigrants. The excess of births was negative as the number of births was 4,120 lower than that of deaths.

Population increase by month 2014–2018*

Population increase by month 2014–2018*

According to the preliminary statistics for January-September 2018, a total of 36,176 children were born, which is 2,039 fewer than in the corresponding period 2017. The number of deaths was 40,296, which is 52 higher than one year earlier.

Altogether 23,735 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 12,210 persons emigrated from Finland during January-September period. The number of immigrants was 508 lower and the number of emigrants 1,542 higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In all, 6,788 of the immigrants and 8,207 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 223,718 by the end of September. Compared with the previous year, the decrease was 1,694 migrations according to the municipal division of 2018.

Same-sex marriages took legal effect in March 2017. A total of 169 women and 90 men entered into marriage in which the spouse was of the same sex during January-September period in 2018. In all, 134 women and 70 men changed their registered partnership into marriage.

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew only in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Åland and North Ostrobothnia between January-September of 2018.

The population grew most in absolute numbers in Uusimaa, where it grew by 13,509 persons. The next largest increase in population was seen in Pirkanmaa, 2,953 persons. Relative to the population, population increase was highest in Åland, 8.2 per mil, in Uusimaa, 8.1 per mil and in Pirkanmaa, 5.8 per mil. Population loss was highest in absolute numbers in the region of Etelä-Savo that lost 2,027 persons of its population. The population of Kymenlaakso decreased by 1,585 persons, which was the second biggest population loss. Relative to the population, the biggest population loss was found in Etelä-Savo, 13.9 per mil.

Most migration gain from intramunicipal and international migration was collected by Uusimaa, 10,294 persons and Pirkanmaa, 3,135 persons. Most migration gain in relative terms based on total net migration was attained by Åland, 7.9 per mil and Uusimaa, 6.2 per mil.

In absolute numbers, migration loss from total net migration was biggest in the region of Etelä-Savo, 1,080 persons. In the region of Kymenlaakso the loss was 746 persons. In relative terms, the biggest migration loss from total net migration was found in the region of Etelä-Savo, 7.4 per mil of the population.

During January to September 2018, migration between regions numbered 109,777. The positive gain from migration between regions was seen in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Central Finland and Åland. In absolute numbers, the highest gain from migration between regions was received by Uusimaa, 5,159 persons. The relative migration gain was highest in Pirkanmaa, 4.7 per mil of the population.

Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in absolute numbers in the region of Etelä-Savo, 1,261 persons. Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in relative terms also in the region of Etelä-Savo, 8.6 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

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Updated 25.10.2018

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