News 7 Jun 2017

Figures from Finland

Statistics Finland’s new publication Finland in Figures 2017 celebrates the 100-year-old Finland. Finland in Figures is a pocket-size compact 50-page information package about Finland and Finns. In addition to the customary tables, the publication has a section on Finland before and now.

The Finland in Figures 2017 booklet provides key data on the population, economy, living conditions and culture in the form of statistics and graphics. International comparison data are also included.

Extracts from data in Finland in Figures

  • Finland's population increased by 15,989 persons in 2016 from the year before. The growth was based entirely on immigration, as there was no natural population increase: the number of births was 1,109 lower than that of deaths last year. 
  • The average price for old dwellings in blocks of flats was EUR 3,825 per square metre in the Helsinki region in 2016. Unencumbered prices per square metre remained under EUR 1,700 in the rest of Finland. In the Helsinki region, the prices per square metre of old dwellings in blocks of flats rose by 2.6 per cent from the previous year, while in the rest of Finland they went up by 0.2 per cent.
  • Households' indebtedness has grown over the past 15 years. At the same time, households’ saving ratio has remained low. According to preliminary data for 2016, the indebtedness ratio was 126.5 per cent of disposable income. In 2016, the savings ratio turned negative, -1.0 per cent of disposable income.
  • The average total pension of pension beneficiaries living in Finland was EUR 1,632 per month in 2016. Men’s average pension was EUR 1,848 and women’s EUR 1,453 per month. A total of 76,535 persons received a pension of over EUR 3,200 per month, 75 per cent of whom were men.
  • The number of registered passenger cars was 3.3 million in Finland in 2016, while in 1990, the number was 1.9 million.
  • In 2016, the average price for a half kilogram packet of coffee was EUR 3.66, for a litre of low-fat milk EUR 1.01 and for a one kilogram bag of caster sugar EUR 0.89. In 2015, the corresponding prices were EUR 3.87 for a packet of coffee, EUR 1.03 for low-fat milk and EUR 0.93 for a bag of sugar.
  • There were 4,415 organic farms in 2016 and the average arable land area was 54.5 hectares. In 2010, the number of organic farms was 3,939 and their average arable land area was 43.4 hectares.
  • In 2016, general government debt's share of GDP was 63.6 per cent in Finland, which is average for EU countries. Of EU countries, the indebtedness ratio was lowest in Estonia, 9.5 per cent, and highest in Greece, 179 per cent.

The Finland in Figures 2017 pocket statistics are available printed in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. The publication can be ordered from the customer service of Edita Publishing Oy, tel. +358 20 450 05 or from Edita's NetMarket online store.

The pocket statistics are also available on Statistics Finland’s web pages as a PDF publication and as a web service.

Further information: Sirkku Hiltunen +358 29 551 6373