Press release 11.12.2012

Statistical images of Finland and Finns

The newly published Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2012 describes precisely society and its development in Finland. The statistics in the Yearbook reveal such as what a year of changes the year 2011 was.

  • At the end of 2011, Finland's population was 5,401,267. The population grew by 0.5 per cent from the previous year. The number of persons aged under 25 grew by 2,000 and that of persons aged 65 or over by 38,600. In turn, the number of those aged 25 to 64 went down by 14,700 persons.
  • There were 1,183 fewer farms than one year before, in all 61,584. The number of organic farms grew by 97, however. In 2011, the number of organic farms was 4,036, or 6.3 per cent of all farms.
  • There were 147 more fur farms than in 2010. Finland had a total of 1,209 fur farms, and they produced 1.6 million mink and fitch pelts and 1.9 million fox and raccoon dog pelts.
  • Total energy consumption decreased by five per cent last year. The consumption of fossil fuels – oil, coal and natural gas – and peat went down by most, by ten per cent. The consumption of electricity decreased by around four per cent, in households and agriculture the consumption went down by seven per cent.
  • There were 27,000 more employed persons and 15,000 fewer unemployed persons than in 2010. In all, 369,000 persons worked part-time, or 11,000 more than in the year before. In 2011, part-time workers made up 15 per cent of all employed persons.
  • Households' indebtedness rate rose and savings ratio went down. In 2011, households' debt accounted for nearly 116 per cent of all disposable income, while one year before this figure was 113 per cent. Households' savings made up 1.0 per cent of their disposable income, whereas in 2010 savings were still 3.4 per cent.
  • Finns per capita consumed 5 kg of butter, 77.2 kg of meat, 62.9 kg of fresh vegetables and 50.5 kg of fresh fruit. The consumption of butter increased by 1.7 kg, which was 52 per cent more than in 2010. Compared to one year earlier, Finns consumed 1.9 kg more meat, 6.8 kg more fresh vegetables and 3.5 kg more fresh fruit.
  • Finns consumed 15.5 million litres more medium beer and 2.8 million litres more light wine, but 1.1 million litres less strong alcoholic beverages than in 2010. In all, Finns drank 435 million litres of medium beer, 64 million litres of light wine and 33 million litres of strong alcoholic beverages. EUR 4.5 billion was spent on alcoholic beverages, or EUR 130 million more than in 2010. Calculated per capita, EUR 839 was spent on alcohol, which is EUR 20 more than the year before.
  • The number of overweight Finns grew by one percentage point. Altogether 51 per cent of the working-age population were overweight last year, 60 per cent of men and 44 per cent of women.
  • A total of 458,251 offences were recorded by the police, customs and border guard, which was six per cent more than in 2010. The number of assaults was 40,171, or 21 per cent more than one year previously. The number of sexual exploitations of a child grew by 580, totalling 1,682.

Statistical Yearbook of Finland is a basic reference book for statistics

The Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2012, published by Statistics Finland, is an extensive compilation of statistics containing both topical statistical data and long time series. Apart from data on Finland, the book also contains abundant international comparison data. The Yearbook has been published since 1879.

The Yearbook is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing all the tables in the publication in Excel format. The publication is in three languages, Finnish, Swedish and English. The wide content of the Yearbook 2012 is freely available in pdf format at:

Source: Statistical Yearbook of Finland 2012. Statistics Finland. Price EUR 80 (incl. VAT).
The Yearbook can be ordered from the customer service of Edita Publishing Oy, tel. +358 20 450 05 or from Edita's NetMarket online store

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