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Published: 25 November 2016

Nine out of ten children aged under three live with their parents

According to Statistics Finland's family statistics, 89 per cent of children aged under three live with their both parents. In ten years, this share has gone down by two percentage points. The share of children living in one-parent families has in turn grown by one percentage point.

Children by type of family and age in 2015

Children by type of family and age in 2015

Of all babies aged under one, 91 per cent live with two parents and nine per cent with their mother only.

The share of children living with their father or mother grows with age. In 2015, one-fifth of children aged 17 lived with the mother only, while a decade ago the share was 19 per cent. Respectively, four per cent lived with the father only, which is the same percentage as ten years earlier.

Source: Population and Justice Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Eevi Lappalainen 029 551 3367, Timo Nikander 029 551 3250 , Marjut Pietiläinen 029 551 2798,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 25.11.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Families [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-3231. Annual Review 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.7.2024].
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