News 2 Dec 2021

Statistical classic keeping up with changes in society

The newly published Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2021 is a comprehensive volume of statistics on Finland and Finnish society. The long time series give an overall picture of the development of our society right up to today.

The Yearbook contains the latest statistical time series, regional statistics and interesting comparison data from other countries. In addition to Statistics Finland’s statistics, the Yearbook also includes statistics by other producers of the Official Statistics of Finland. The book is in Finnish, Swedish and English and contains altogether 450 tables, statistical graphs or thematic maps.

Extracts from the Statistical Yearbook of Finland

  • At the end of 2020, the population of Finland was 5,533,793. The population grew by 0.2 per cent from the year before. Population growth was based on positive migration, as there were 17,814 more immigrants than emigrants.
  • Natural population increase has been negative since 2016. During 2020, a total of 46,463 persons were born and 55,488 persons died.
  • The number of working-age population, that is, persons aged 15 to 64, has been falling since 2010. Last year, there were 3.4 million people of working age, which is 130,000 fewer than in 2010. According to the population projection calculated this year, the working-age population is expected to be 3.0 million in 2070.
  • Last year, there were 2.5 million employed persons aged 15 to 74. One in four employed persons worked regularly at home, while one year earlier the share was 14 per cent.
  • In 2020, there were 1.25 million persons living alone, 45 per cent of all household-dwelling units. In all, 608,000 more people were living alone than in 1990.
  • In 2020, a total of 14.3 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments. Overnight stays dropped to the level of 1995.
  • Last year, 812,000 tickets were sold for the performances of theatres, dance theatres and the Finnish National Opera that had received government grants. In 2019, the number of tickets sold was 2.3 million.
  • In 2020, public libraries were visited 35.3 million times, compared with 53.7 million in the previous year. Last year, the number of online visits was 50 million, which is three million more than in the year before. Last year, 1.6 million e-books were used, in 2014 just 151,000.
  • The world's three largest cities with their suburbs were Tokyo 38.0 million (2020), Delhi 28.5 million (2018) and Shanghai 24.9 million (2017).
  • In 2020, altogether 6.5 million passengers flew through Finnish airports, which was only one-quarter of the number of passengers in 2019. The number of passengers in international air transport decreased by 78 per cent and that in domestic air transport by 66 per cent.

Traffic at Finnish airports, 1960–2020
Traffic at Finnish airports, 1960–2020. The number of passengers at airports has been growing steadily since 1960, until the passenger numbers collapsed in 2020. A total of  26.3 million passengers flew through Finnish airports in 2019, but only 6.5 million passengers in 2020.

Source: Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2021. Statistics Finland. Price EUR 80 (incl. VAT).
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