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1. Introduction

This annual Labour Force Survey publication contains statistical data on family and work. The data are based on interview data derived from the household section of the Labour Force Survey. The publication is focused on the age group of those aged 20 to 59 as concerns both families and persons without children used as the comparison group, because over 99 per cent of the parents of children aged under 18 belong to this age group. In this review, women and men without children are those who do not have children aged under 18 living in their household.

At the end of 2011, families with children numbered 581,000. Families with children are families that have at least one child aged under 18 living in the same household. At the turn of the year, the average number of children living in a family with underage children was 1.83. Sixty-one per cent of families with underage children were families of married couples and 19 per cent those of cohabiting couples. Around one-fifth of families with children are single-parent families. (Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics, Statistics Finland.)

The publication mainly examines changes that have taken place between 2004 and 2011 in employment and family leaves in families. The appendix tables apply to the years 2010 and 2011. There are corresponding tables for the years 2008 and 2009 in the annual publication Families and work in 2009 .

Source: Labour Force Survey 2011. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Heidi Melasniemi-Uutela 09 1734 2523, Tarja Nieminen 09 1734 3561,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

Updated 11.9.2012

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Families and work in 2011 2011, 1. Introduction . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.12.2023].
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