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Latest publication: Preliminary population statistics 2019, October

Published: 24 October 2019

Finland’s preliminary population figure 5,525,487 at the end of September

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, Finland's population at the end of September was 5,525,487. During January-September Finland's population increased by 7,568 persons. The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 13,388 higher than that of emigrants. The number of births was 5,387 lower than that of deaths.

Population increase by month 2016–2019*

Population increase by month 2016–2019*

According to the preliminary statistics for January-September 2019, a total of 34,493 children were born, which is 1,896 fewer than in the corresponding period 2018. The number of deaths was 39,880 which is 1,019 lower than one year earlier.

Altogether 24,618 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 11,230 persons emigrated from Finland during January-September period. The number of immigrants was 929 higher and the number of emigrants 4,442 lower than in the previous year. In all, 7,038 of the immigrants and 7,660 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.

According to the preliminary data, the number of inter-municipal migrations totalled 222,897 by the end of September. Compared with the previous year, the decrease was 963 migrations according to the municipal division of 2019.

Same-sex marriages took legal effect in March 2017. A total of 212 women and 94 men entered into marriage in which the spouse was of the same sex during January-September period in 2019. In all, 2 women and 2 men changed their registered partnership into marriage.

According to preliminary data by region, the population grew only in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland, North Ostrobothnia and Åland between January-September of 2019.

The population grew most in absolute numbers in Uusimaa, where it grew by 14,239 persons. The next largest increase in population was seen in Pirkanmaa, 2,418 persons. Relative to the population, population growth was highest in Uusimaa, 8.5 per mil, in Pirkanmaa, 4.7 per mil and in Åland, 3.2 per mil. Population loss was highest in absolute numbers in the region of South Savo that lost 1,705 persons of its population. The population of Kymenlaakso decreased by 1,663 persons, which was the second biggest population loss. Relative to the population, the biggest population loss was found in South Savo, 11.9 per mil.

Most migration gain from intramunicipal and international migration was collected by Uusimaa, 11,618 persons and Pirkanmaa, 2,737 persons. Most migration gain in relative terms based on total net migration was also attained by Uusimaa, 6.9 per mil and Pirkanmaa, 5.3 per mil.

In absolute numbers, migration loss from total net migration was biggest in the region of Kymenlaakso, 760 persons. In the region of South Savo the loss was 749 persons. In relative terms, the biggest migration loss from total net migration was found in the region of South Savo, 5.2 per mil of the population.

During January to September 2019, migration between regions numbered 107,297. The positive gain from migration between regions was seen in Uusimaa, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland. In absolute numbers, the highest gain from migration between regions was received by Uusimaa, 5,792 persons. The relative migration gain was highest in Uusimaa and in Pirkanmaa, 3.4 per mil of the population.

Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in absolute numbers in the region of Kymenlaakso, 1,023 persons. Migration loss from migration between regions was biggest in relative terms in the region of South Savo, 6.7 per mil of the population.


Source: Preliminary population statistics, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Preliminary population statistics [e-publication].
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