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Latest publication: Preliminary population statistics 2022, February

Published: 18 February 2016

Finland's population decreased in January

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population was 5,486,168 at the end of January, having been 5,486,616 in December. Our country's population went down by 448 persons during January, which is the biggest monthly decrease in 23 years. The reason for the negative population increase was the excess of births, as the number of births was 796 lower than that of deaths. Migration gain from abroad was positive, since immigration exceeded emigration by 348.

Population increase by month 2013–2016*

Population increase by month 2013–2016*

During January, 4,389 children were born, which was 229 fewer than in the corresponding period in 2015. The number of deaths was 5,185, which is 264 higher than one year earlier. The monthly excess of births is lowest since the wars.

According to the preliminary statistics for January, 1,725 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 1,377 persons emigrated from Finland. The number of immigrants was 411 lower and the number of emigrants 163 higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In all, 606 of the immigrants and 1,011 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 19,719 during January. Compared with the previous January, the decrease was 188 migrations according to the municipal division of 2016.

Source: Population Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari 029 551 3401, Eevi Lappalainen 029 551 3367,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Preliminary population statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=2243-3627. January 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.5.2022].
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