At the beginning of 2015, 83,549 residents of Helsinki spoke a foreign language – other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami – as their mother tongue. This is equivalent to 13.5 per cent of Helsinki’s population. A major share, over 60 per cent, of the total population growth in Helsinki in 2014 consisted of those with a foreign mother tongue. The most common foreign mother tongue was Russian, followed by Estonian, Somali and English. By 2030, the number of residents with a foreign mother tongue is expected to grow to 164,000-170,000 people. Read more »

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