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Published: 30 November 2011

Number of all-Russian speaking families has exceeded that of bilingual Finnish-Russian families

According to Statistics Finland's statistics on families, at the end of 2010 there were 11,200 such Russian-speaking families in Finland in which the native language of the only parent or both parents was Russian. The commonest combination among the Russian-speaking families was one of two Russian speakers, of which there were 7,700. As recently as in the previous year, the commonest combination was still a family formed by a Finnish-speaking man and Russian-speaking woman.

Russian-speaking families in 1990, 2000 and 2010

Russian-speaking families in 1990, 2000 and 2010

Families formed by a Finnish-speaking man and a Russian-speaking woman numbered 7,400. By contrast, families of a Russian-speaking man and a Finnish-speaking woman are still quite rare (1,300) even though their number has more than quadrupled in two decades. The total number of Russian-speaking one-parent families was 3,600, of which 96 per cent were families of mother and children.

In three per cent of all families in Finland, the native language of the only parent or both parents was not Finnish, Swedish or Saame. The share of Russian-speaking families among these foreign-language speaker families was nearly 30 per cent. In 1990, there were only 300 and in 1995 around 3,000 Russian-speaking couples in Finland.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Marjut Pietiläinen (09) 1734 2798, Timo Nikander (09) 1734 3250,

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Updated 30.11.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Families [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-3231. Annual Review 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.4.2024].
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