Published: 22 March 2013

Vehicle stock grew in 2012

At the end of 2012, the Finnish vehicle register contained 5,711,264 vehicles, of which 4,952,132 were in traffic use. The total number of registered vehicles grew by 3.1 per cent and the number of vehicles in traffic use went up by 1.4 per cent compared with the situation at the end of 2011. At the end of 2012, the vehicle register of the Åland Islands contained 40,944 vehicles. These data, compiled by Statistics Finland, are based on the vehicle traffic register of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) and the vehicle register of Ålands Motorfordonsbyrå.

At the end of 2012, there were 3,057,484 passenger cars in the register, of which 2,581,056 were in traffic use. The number of registered passenger cars went up by 2.6 per cent and the number of passenger cars in traffic by 1.1 per cent. The number of registered passenger cars was growing most in Åland (3.5%) and least in Kymenlaakso (1.9%).

Vehicle stock 1980–2012

Vehicle stock 1980–2012

The average age of registered passenger cars in Mainland Finland was 12.6 years and that of cars in traffic use was 10.9 years. The average age of passenger cars was lowest in the region of Uusimaa and highest in the region of North Karelia.

The most common makes of passenger cars in the register of Mainland Finland were Toyota Corolla (around 153,000), Volkswagen Golf (about 115,000) and Opel Astra (approx. 83,000).

Source: Vehicle stock statistics 2012. Statistics Finland, Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Ålands Motorfordonsbyrå

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Tables in databases

Updated 22.3.2013

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Motor vehicle stock [e-publication].
2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.4.2020].
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