News 11 Jun 2019

Pocket-size information about Finland

Statistics Finland’s new Finland in Figures 2019 publication summarises key statistical figures about Finland and Finns into a pocket-size information package. The renewed package of information about Finland includes data sections on the population, economy, society and the environment. The 60-page publication contains, for example, 64 tables, 40 statistical graphs and 24 infographics.

Extracts from data in Finland in Figures

Capital City Helsinkí 2018: 648042 inhabitants. Industrial structure 2018, share of persons working: 74 % Services and administration, 22 % Industry and construction, 4 % Agriculture and forestry. Source: Statistics Finland.

  • At the end of 2018, the total population of Finland was 5,517,919 persons, of whom 2,794,629 were women and 2,723,290 men.
  • Persons over 100 years of age numbered 889, of whom 754 were women and 135 men.
  • In 2018, the biggest age group was those aged 55 to 59. For women, the biggest age group was those aged 65 to 69 and for men those aged 35 to 39.
  • Average life expectancy at birth was 84.3 years for girls and 78.9 years for boys in 2018 according to preliminary data.
  • The average household-dwelling unit size in 2018 was 1.99 persons per household-dwelling unit.
  • Last year, the proportion of those living alone was 44 per cent of all household-dwelling units. In total, 28,557 of those living alone had turned 90.

Central government debt 2018: 18,977 euro per inhabitant. GDB 2018 (preliminary data): 42,340 euro per inhabitant. Sources: State Treasury, Statistics Finland.

  • For household-dwelling units with housing loans, the average housing loan was EUR 98,740 per household-dwelling unit in 2017. The average age of first-time homebuyers was 28.7 years
  • The share of persons at risk of poverty was 12.1 per cent of the entire population in 2017.
  • In Finland, 95 per cent of companies were small in 2017, employing less than 10 persons.
  • Forty-nine per cent of pensioners had a smart phone in their own use in 2018.
  • Persons aged between 15 to 69 spent 22 minutes reading books and 222 minutes on the Internet per day in 2017.

Highest temperature 2018: +33.7 °C Vaasa Klemettilä. Lowest temperature 2018: –37.1 °C Utsjoki Kevojärvi.  Of electricity production 2018 (preliminary data): wind power 6.7 %, solar power 0.2 %. Sources: Statistics Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute.

  • Ninety-nine per cent of municipal waste was recovered in 2017.
  • According to preliminary data for 2018, renewable energy accounted for 37 per cent of total energy consumption.
  • In 2018, general government debt's share of GDP in Finland was 58.9 per cent. The share of debt had decreased by 2.4 percentage points from 2017. Among EU countries, the share of debt was lowest in Estonia, 8.4 per cent, and highest in Greece, 181.1 per cent.

In addition to Statistics Finland’s data, Finland in Figures contains data produced by, e.g. the National Institute for Health and Welfare, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Customs, the Social Insurance Institution and the Finnish Centre for Pensions.

The 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 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