Published: 20 April 2007

Record number of immigrations in 2006

According to Statistics Finland, 22,450 persons immigrated to Finland from foreign countries during 2006. The number is 1,100 persons more than in the previous year and the highest during Finnish independence. Emigration from Finland decreased slightly and was 12,100 persons. During 2006 net immigration numbered 10,350 persons, which is the highest number since 1991.

During the past five years immigration into Finland from other EU countries has been higher than emigration from Finland to other EU countries. In 2006 Finland had a migration gain of 3,300 persons from other EU countries. Immigration into Finland from other EU countries has been growing since 1997. Emigration from Finland into other EU countries has remained stable during the past few years.

Migration between Finland and other EU countries 1992-2006

The number of intermunicipal migrations was 286,522 in 2006, which is 2,450 more than in the previous year. Migration inside regions decreased by 4,850 and migration between regions increased slightly. When looking at migration inside the country, the migration gain of the region of Uusimaa (2,550 persons) was the biggest and that of the region of Pirkanmaa the second biggest (2,400 persons). The regions of Lapland and North Karelia lost the most population in migration inside the country. In 2006, intramunicipal migrations numbered 579,050, which is 23,950 fewer than in 2005.

Migration and intermunicipal and intramunicipal migration in 1995-2005

Year Intermunicipal migration Intermunicipal migration Immigration Emigration Net immigration
           
1995 208 908 492 705 12 222 8 957 3 265
1996 228 494 530 829 13 294 10 587 2 707
1997 233 733 527 650 13 564 9 854 3 710
1998 250 370 562 273 14 192 10 817 3 375
1999 253 742 552 972 14 744 11 966 2 778
           
2000 255 372 532 352 16 895 14 311 2 584
2001 277 166 581 432 18 955 13 153 5 802
2002 269 091 565 179 18 113 12 891 5 222
2003 268 563 580 528 17 838 12 083 5 755
2004 278 826 585 825 20 333 13 656 6 677
           
2005 288 977 602 992 21 355 12 369 8 986
2006 286 522 579 044 22 451 12 107 10 344

For all years the regions and concepts are based on the regional division of the statistical year.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Matti Saari +358 9 1734 3401, vaesto.tilasto@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma

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Last updated 20.4.2007

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Migration [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-6782. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.8.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/muutl/2006/muutl_2006_2007-04-20_tie_001_en.html