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Finland in numbers

June 10, 2005

Here’s some interesting stats about Finland:

  • There are over 5.2 million people living in Finland
  • 2% of the Finnish workforce is made up of foreign born nationals
  • 1 in 20 people in Finland do not speak Finnish as their mother tongue
  • At the end of 2004 there were 108 346 foreigners living in Finland, they make up about 2 percent of the population
  • The biggest group of foreigners living in Finland come from Russia (24 626), next is Estonia (13 978) and then Sweden (8209)
  • There are more than 600 Canadians living in Finland
  • There are more than 2000 Americans living in Finland
  • There are more than 2600 Brits living in Finland

On subjects other than people:

  • There are more than 1700 bank machines in Finland (a lower figure than just a few years ago)
  • Of this number 224 are in Helsinki, 66 are in Espoo, 58 are in Vantaa and 2 are in Kauniainen (These four cities make up what we know as the "Pääkaupunkinseutu" – or the Capital area)
  • The most popular travel destinations for Finns (top 5) are Estonia (a short hop across the Gulf of Finland), Spain, Sweden, Russia and Greece
  • The biggest groups of foreigners visiting Finland (top 5) are from Sweden, Germany, Russia, U.K. and France
  • At the end of 2004 there were some 2 727 160 cars in Finland – that is about 1 car for every two people
  • Alcohol-related traffic accidents in Finland in 2004 – 989 (preliminary data according to Statistics Finland)
  • Fixed telephone connections (i.e. land lines) in Finland in 2004 – 2 567 592 (down from 2 725 607 in 2003)
  • On the other hand – mobile connections in Finland in 2004 4 747 126 (up from 4 516 772 in 2003) – refer to my earlier blog entry about phone connection from April 19

For more interesting statistics about Finland see Statistics Finland at

Have a good weekend wherever you are!

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