More than 400,000 people of foreign background now live in Finland – twice as many as 10 years ago
Already in the Greater Helsinki area, one in four under school age is of foreign origin.
The number of foreigners living in Finland has exceeded 400,000, says Statistics Finland (you move to another service). At the end of last year, 7.3 per cent of the Finnish population had foreign backgrounds.
According to Statistics Finland, the number of foreign backgrounds has doubled in ten years.
At the end of last year, approximately 335,000 foreigners with foreign backgrounds were born and about 67,000 in Finland.
There were tens of per cent of the under-school age backgrounds in the whole country. Already in the Greater Helsinki area, one in four under school age is of foreign origin.
More than half of all foreigners lived in Uusimaa. Of the mainland municipalities, the highest share of people with foreign background was in Vantaa, 19.3 per cent. The second was Espoo (17 per cent) and the third was Närpiö and Helsinki (16 per cent).
The number of people of African origin rises in the second generation
55% of first-generation aliens were of European origin. There were 29% of Asian backgrounds and 11% of African backgrounds.
In the second-generation alien background, the proportion of African-based people rose to 22 percent. In the second generation, there were 48% of Europeans and 27% of Asian backgrounds.
A fifth of the backgrounds of foreign countries are Russia or the former Soviet Union. Next, the biggest groups are Estonian, Iraqi and Somali.