Published: 16 August 2012
The number of persons aged 65 or over in Finland exceeded one million in July. According to Statistics Finland's preliminary statistics, 1,003,212 persons aged 65 or over were living permanently in Finland at the end of July. A clear majority of them, or 579,298, were women. The number of persons aged 65 or over passed quarter of a million in 1944 and half a million in 1975.
Number of persons aged 65 and over in Finland in 1900–7/2012*
The development in the number of those aged 65 or over is visible in the figure above. The main reason for the development in the number is longer life expectancy. The preliminary statistics are based on the information in the Population Information System of the Population Register Centre.
According to preliminary data, Finland's population at the end of July was 5,413,901. Over the January to July period, Finland's population increased by 12,650 persons, which is 1,450 lower than in the respective period of one year previously. The main reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 8,200 higher than that of emigrants. Natural population growth, or excess of births to deaths, was 4,450 persons.
Population increase by month 2010–2012*
According to the preliminary statistics for the January to July period, 15,150 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 7,000 persons emigrated from Finland. The number of immigrants was 350 lower and the number of emigrants 550 higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In all, 4,500 of the immigrants and 4,700 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.
During the January to July period, 35,050 children were born, which is 50 more than in the corresponding period of 2011. The number of deaths was 30,600, which is 600 higher than one year earlier.
According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 149,200 over the January to July period. Compared with the previous January to July period, the increase was 650 migrations according to the municipal division of 2012.
Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland
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