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Published: 26 April 2016

Finland’s preliminary population figure 5,488,543 at the end of March

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population at the end of March was 5,488,543. During January-March Finland's population increased by 1,235 persons, which is 1,001 persons less than in the preliminary data the year before. The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 2,647 higher than that of emigrants. There was no natural population growth, since deaths exceeded births by 1,412 persons.

Population increase by month 2012–2016*

Population increase by month 2012–2016*

According to the preliminary statistics for January-March 2016, a total of 12,985 children were born, which is 386 fewer than in the corresponding period 2015. The number of deaths was 14,397, which is 443 lower than one year earlier.

Altogether 6,167 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 3,520 persons emigrated from Finland during January-March period. The number of immigrants was 277 higher and the number of emigrants 449 higher than in the previous year. 1,482 of the immigrants and 2,449 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 53,870 by the end of March. Compared with the previous year, the increase was 302 migrations according to the municipal division of 2016.

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew only in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, North Ostrobothnia and Åland in the beginning of 2016.

The population grew most in absolute numbers in Uusimaa, where it grew by 3,598 persons. The next largest increase in population was seen in Pirkanmaa, 242 persons. Relative to the population, population increase was highest in Uusimaa, 2.2 per mil, in Åland, 1.2 per, mil and in Pirkanmaa, 0.5 per mil. Population loss was highest in absolute numbers in the region of Satakunta that lost 389 persons of its population. The population of Etelä-Savo decreased by 334 persons. Relative to the population, the biggest population loss was also found in Etelä-Savo, 2.2 per mil.

Most migration gain from intramunicipal and international migration was collected by Uusimaa, 2,511 persons, and Pirkanmaa, 246 persons. Most migration gain in relative terms was attained by Varsinais-Suomi, 5.3 per mil, and by Uusimaa, 1.5 per mil.

In absolute numbers, migration loss from total net migration was biggest in the region of North Ostrobothnia, 151 persons. In the region of Ostrobothnia the loss was 140 persons. In relative terms, the biggest migration loss from total net migration was found in the region of Åland, 3.3 per mil of the population.

During the first quarter of 2016, migration between regions numbered 23,170. The highest gain from migration between regions was seen in Uusimaa, Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa and Åland. In absolute numbers, the highest gain from migration between regions was received by Uusimaa, 1,400 persons. Relative to the population, population increase was also highest in Uusimaa, 0.9 per mill.

Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in the region of North Ostrobothnia, 286 persons. In relative terms, migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in the region of Ostrobothnia, 1.5 per mil of the population.


Source: Preliminary population statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Eevi Lappalainen 029 551 3367, Miina Keski-Petäjä 029 551 3240, info@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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