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Published: 1 June 2011

Domestic adoptions increased in 2010

According to Statistics Finland, adoptions in Finland in 2010 numbered 485, which was 85 more than one year earlier. Especially grew the number of domestic adoptions, 293, for there were 117 more of them than in the year before. The number of domestic adoptions grew mainly because internal adoptions within families of registered same-sex partnerships (122) increased clearly. The change was expected, because applying for internal adoption within the family only became possible for registered same-sex partnerships in the latter half of 2009. In 2009, 15 internal adoptions within the family were made among registered same-sex partnerships.

Adoptions of persons born in Finland to Finland 1986–2010

Adoptions of persons born in Finland to Finland 1986–2010

Among the adopted persons, 229 were female and 256 male. Most (291) of them were aged under five. Seventy-seven were over the age of 18. Children adopted from abroad were rarely (14 children) over the age of 10. In domestic adoptions, the number of over 18-year-old adopted persons was relatively high (69).

During 2010, adoptions of children born abroad to Finland numbered 192. The number was 32 lower than in 2009. The number of adoptions of children born abroad has now reached the level where it was in the early 2000s. The largest group in the adoptions from abroad to Finland was children born in Russia (35). Equal numbers (32) of the children adopted from abroad to Finland were born in South Africa and Thailand. In 2009, the largest numbers of children were adopted to Finland from South Africa (43) and Russia (41).

The vast majority (86%) of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. Fifth of the adoptions of children born in Finland were made by two parents.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.2.2024].
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