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Degree of urbanisation

Degree of urbanisation refers to the proportion of people living in localities or urban settlements among the population of a municipality whose place of residence can be defined by coordinates. Before the 2000 census and locality delimitation the degree of urbanisation was calculated by proportioning the population living in localities to the total population of the municipality, which also included the persons without coordinates (e.g. homeless and institutional population). Since the 2000 census the institutional population with coordinates has been included in the population living in localities if the institution belongs to a locality or forms a locality on its own.

The degree of urbanisation is expressed in decimals, separated by a decimal point.

The degree of urbanisation is calculated annually, when the population of the year concerned is combined to the localities of the latest delimitation of localities.

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Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus

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