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Finland’s people: facts and stats

April 7, 2015

The November 2014 edition of Yhteishyvä (the customer magazine of the S-group) featured an extensive graphics-filled article that presented loads of facts and statistics about people in Finland. Now this is something worth sharing. So enjoy my rough translations and learn! These are in no particular order. Enjoy! (I learned a lot reading this article!)

Maria is the most popular woman’s name in Finland, while Juhani is the most popular man’s name in Finland.

There are 2 771 000 women and 2 680 000 men in the country.

The most common surnames are: Korhonen, Virtanen and Mäkinen.

Finns love to play the lottery. Their favourite number is 9, the least favourite is 38.

Finns eat and drink in one year:

  • 51 kg of fruit
  • 61 kg of vegetables
  • 23 kg of cheese
  • 77 kg of meat
  • 4,4 kg of butter
  • 129 L of milk

We normally eat lunch at 11.00.

The average height and age of a Finnish woman is 164cm and 43,3 years, for men 178cm and 40,5 years.

The age structure of the women in Finland:

  • 0-19 – 21,3%
  • 20-39 – 24,1%
  • 40-59 – 25,7%
  • 60-79 – 22,3%
  • 80+ – 6,6%

The age structure of men in Finland:

  • 0-19 – 23%
  • 20-39 – 26,3%
  • 40-59 – 26,9%
  • 60-79 – 20,4%
  • 80+ – 3,4%

Average life span of Finns: Women 83,4 years and men 77,5 years.

We live in a country that is 78 percent land, nine percent fresh water and 13 percent salt water.

Many Finns see their world through glasses. Of people aged 40-49, 53% of men wear glasses and 74% of women wear glasses.

Every third Finnish man sweats more than he would like to. Nearly 25% avoid sweaty handshakes.

We use, on average, 39 rolls of toilet paper each per year.

The most driven car in Finland is the Toyota Corolla. The most common car colour is grey.

The most popular dog breed in Finland is the Labrador retriever and it is likely to be named Bella.

The favoured “ready-made” cakes for family parties are “sandwich cakes.”

Finland is said to have eight dialects of the Finnish language, six of them are considered western, two of them eastern.

On average we go to the movie theatre 1,4 times a year.

75 percent of us live with family (structure), of that:

  • married couples with no children – 35,8%
  • married couples with children – 29,5%
  • common-law couples with no children – 14,2%
  • common-law couples with children – 8,2%
  • mothers and children – 10,1%
  • fathers and children – 2,1%
  • registered same-sex couples – 0,1%

We have an average of 1,8 kids.

58,7% of Finns live in their own dwellings. The average bank loan is about €93 620 per dwelling. On average we have 39,6 square metres of dwelling space per person.

The average commute to work takes 46 minutes and most often by car.

Our favourite month to holiday is July and we love to travel to Sweden, Estonia and Spain.

We do about 30 million Google searches per day!

53 percent of men and 56 percent of women report taking part in exercise at least three times per week. Our favourite activities are walking, cycling and going to the gym.

Finns like to listen to Finnish male artists – the favourites being Jari Sillanpää, Eppu Normaali and Kirkka.

What do we earn per month?

  • Managing Directors (Men: €6312, Women: €5145)
  • Experts / Consultants (Men: €3622, Women: €2973)
  • Office workers (Men: €2753, Women: €2555)
  • Service and health workers (Men: €2647, Women: €2325)
  • Farmers (Men: €2311, Women: €2211)

In our free time, we love to go to the “summer cottage,” which is an average of 90km away and 48 square metres in size. The average age of the average owner is 61 years.

Finns love getting married on unusual days: the most popular ones recently were August 8, 2008 and December 12, 2012.

Our money goes towards the following things every year per household:

  • Living and energy costs 28%
  • Food, alcohol and tobacco products 15%
  • Transportation 17%
  • Culture and leisure 10%

The Finnish man’s working week is longer than a woman’s. Men work on average 38 hours per week and women 32 hours.

73% of marriages result in a family that has the man’s surname. Finnish women, on average, get married at the age of 31 and men, age 33.

Finns watch three hours and two minutes of TV per day.

Forgot the milk? The closest store is about 2km away on average.


  • 1.9 million people watch the annual Independence Day celebrations on TV, namely the President’s Ball.
  • We send 37 million Christmas cards a year!
  • We spend EUR 40 million on flowers at Easter.
  • The sales of sparkling wines grow by 439% around Vappu (Labour Day).
  • At Midsummer the consumption of sausages increases three-fold.

Over half of Finns are overweight according to the BMI measure. The causes of weight gain among Finns include the time we spend sitting, too little exercise, increased quality of life and the continuous consumption of poor quality foods.

Finns throw out about 500kg of garbage per person a year. We throw out some 23kg of food per person a year.

Common causes of death among Finns:

  • blood circulation disorders
  • tumours and growths
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Accidents
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • alcohol-related diseases and accidental alcohol poisoning

70,5% of the eligible population voted in the last parliamentary election. (The next one is slated for April 19.)

We do about three hours of house work every day.

Finland by religion:

  • Evangelical Lutherans – 75,3%
  • Orthodox – 1,1 %
  • Other faiths – 1,4%
  • Undefined, non-religiously aligned (Uskontokuntiin kuulumattomat) – 22,1%*

In 24 hours Finnish people use water, on average:

  • 40L in the toilet
  • 20L washing clothes
  • 60L washing ourselves
  • 35L in the kitchen

We use too much water, the average Finn uses 155L of water per day, when the desired amount is about 100-120L per day.

We are prepared for “rainy days.” Nearly 60 percent of Finns save money and make investments just in case.

Most Finns sleep between 20.10 and 10.40 (on the clock). Most of us are sleeping at around 4.30 a.m.

Many Finns are happy with their homes and relationships. We give our lives an 8 on a scale of 10.

Per capita, Finns use 11,6 litres of pure alcohol a year.

Finns love to sauna! There are 3.2 million saunas in Finland – enough for every person in the country to take a sauna simultaneously!

Finnish women begin menopause at around the age of 51.

We recycle over 90 percent of our beverage containers.

We borrow about 17 books per person a year from the libraries in the country.

In 2013 Finns talked about 8,6 minutes daily on the phone and sent 2,6 text messages a day.

* I had a hard time translating that one.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2015 10:42 am

    Very interesting!

  2. April 8, 2015 4:57 pm

    Fascinating post. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

  3. May 10, 2015 11:15 am

    …these are really interesting facts! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Hassene Ben Mansour permalink
    June 11, 2016 10:34 am

    sources please. and thanks for sharing these amazing facts

    • June 13, 2016 1:50 pm

      The source was Yhteishyvä (the customer magazine of the retail giant S-group).

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