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News 4.6.2015

Pocket-size information about Finland

Statistics Finland's newly published Finland in Figures 2015 is a compact, 50-page information package in pocket size about Finland and Finns. The 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.

Finland in Figures 2015 pocket statistics are available in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English.

Extracts from data in Finland in Figures:

  • At the end of last year, Finland's population was 5,471,753. The population increased by 20,483 persons from the year before.
  • Last year, nearly 2.5 million persons of the population were employed, of which the private sector employed 72 per cent, the local government sector 22 per cent, and the central government sector six per cent. Compared with 2000, the number of employed persons has increased in the private sector by 72,000 and in the local government sector by 48,000 persons. In the central government sector, the number of employed persons has decreased by 12,000.
  • The total number of unemployed persons was 232,000 last year. Nearly 23 per cent of unemployed persons were long-term unemployed, that is, their unemployment had lasted continuously for 12 months or longer.
  • In 2013, a total of 1.3 million students attended education leading to a qualification or degree, of them 13 per cent were in university education.
  • In 2013, there were most persons with qualifications or degrees in the age group 35 to 39, of whom 87.2 per cent had a qualification or degree.
  • Manufacturing enterprises were the biggest industry in 2013 measured by both turnover and personnel. Most enterprises operated in agriculture, forestry and fishery.
  • Last year, nearly one-half of all leisure trips abroad made by Finns were directed at Estonia, Sweden and Spain.
  • Finland's main trading partners in 2014 were Germany, Russia and Sweden. Finland's balance of trade with Russia was EUR four billion in deficit. Russia's share of Finland's total imports was 15 per cent and eight per cent of exports.
  • Health care expenditure amounted to EUR 18.5 billion in 2013. Specialised health care accounted for 37 per cent of the expenditure and primary health care for 17 per cent. Four per cent of all health care expenditure was directed at institutional care for older people, which was EUR 42.7 million less than one year previously.
  • In 16 out of the 28 EU countries general government debt exceeded the GDP share of 60 per cent last year. The debt share of Greece was the biggest of the EU Member States, 177 per cent, and that of Estonia the smallest, 11 per cent of GDP. In Finland, the share of the debt was 59 per cent of GDP.

Finland in Figures 2015 is also available as a PDF publication and an online service in Finnish, Swedish and English on Statistics Finland's web pages.

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

Further information: Nina Koivula +358 29 551 3676