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Published: 15 February 2018

Finland’s preliminary population 5,516,224 at the end of 2017

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data for 2017, Finland's population was 5,516,224 at the end of the year. During 2017, our country's population grew by 12,927 persons, which is 3,062 persons fewer than in 2016.

Finland’s population in 2000 to 2016 and preliminary population in 2017

Finland’s population in 2000 to 2016 and preliminary population in 2017

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew in 2017 only in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Varsinais-Suomi, North Ostrobothnia and Åland.

The population grew in absolute numbers most in Uusimaa, where it went up by 19,351 persons. The second highest increase in population was seen in Pirkanmaa, 2,874 persons. Relative to the population, the population increase was biggest in Uusimaa, 11.8 per mil and Åland, 9.8 per mil. The relative population growth was third largest in Pirkanmaa, 5.6 per mil. In absolute numbers, the population loss was biggest in Kymenlaakso, which lost 2,033 persons of its population. The population of Etelä-Savo decreased by 1,719 persons, which was the second biggest population loss. In 2017, the biggest population loss in relative terms was recorded in Etelä-Savo, the loss being 11.5 per mil.

Source: Preliminary population statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Joonas Toivola 029 551 3355, Matti Saari 029 551 3401, Joni Rantakari 029 551 3249,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Preliminary population statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=2243-3627. December 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.11.2022].
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