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Growth in living alone slowed down in 2021

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2021
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The number of people living alone grew less in 2021 than in the year before. According to Statistics Finland, the number of people living alone grew by 28,000 persons, which is over 4,000 fewer than in 2020. The growth in living alone slowed down most among person aged under 30. Living alone has been growing for a long time, and at the end of 2021 there were 1.28 million persons living alone in Finland.

Line chart. The number of people living alone aged under 30 was under 200,000 in 2010. The number exceeded 200,000 in 2016, when it started to rise steeply. In 2021, the growth halted slightly from the year before and there were over 260,000 people aged under 30 living alone. In 2010, some 400,000 persons aged 30 to 59 were living alone. The number grew slightly until 2016, after which the growth accelerated. In 2021, the number of persons aged 30 to 59 living alone was nearly 450,000. Persons aged 60 or over living alone numbered circa 450,000 in 2010. The number has been growing steadily throughout the reference period and in 2021 there were around 570,000 persons aged 60 or over living alone.

Key points

  • The growth in living alone slowed down in 2021.
  • The number of persons living alone grew by 28,000, which was over 4,000 persons lower than in the year before.
  • At the end of 2021, there were 1.28 million persons living alone, of whom 45 per cent were aged 60 or over.
  • Seventy-eight per cent of all household-dwelling units were small household-dwelling units of one and two persons.
  • The number of persons living alone has almost doubled since 1990.

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Classifications used:
  • Type of building
  • Size of household-dwelling unit
  • Area
Updated:
28.04.2022
Classifications used:
  • Type of building
  • Area
  • Size of household-dwelling unit
  • Number of rooms (kitchen not included)
Updated:
28.04.2022
Classifications used:
  • Sex of the oldest person
  • Size of household-dwelling unit
  • Area
  • Age of the oldest person in the household-dwelling unit
  • Type of building
Updated:
28.04.2022

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