Continued population growth in Helsinki – 70 000 more residents in ten years

At the turn of 2017/2018, Helsinki’s population was 643,272. This was 8,091 i.e. 1.3 per cent more than a year earlier. Population growth was faster, and 1,118 people larger, than in 2016. Over the last ten years, out-migration from Helsinki to the other municipalities of the region, the so-called Nurmijärvi Phenomenon that prevailed in the early 2000s, has turned into steady population growth in Helsinki. In the entire Helsinki Metropolitan Area population growth amounted to 16,465. These figures are from Statistics Finland’s statistics on population structure issued earlier today.

“As a rule, population growth in Helsinki has come close to the so-called fast- growth alternative in the population projection, and last year it was over 1,000 people higher than the previous year. Over the last ten years, Helsinki’s population has grown by almost as much as the size of Joensuu city’s population. The fact that the population grows in the capital shows that there is an increasing demand for urban lifestyles and that the importance of cities is growing”, says Helsinki’s Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.

The early childhood education age group, i.e. 1-6 year olds, increased by 428. Unusually strong growth was seen in the 7-15 year age group, now no less than 1,884. The working-age population, i.e. 18-64 year olds, grew by 3,600, the 65 year olds or older by 2,376 and the 75 year olds or older by 417.

Those Helsinki residents whose mother tongue was Finnish increased by 2,863 and those with Swedish as their mother tongue by 164. Those with a foreign mother tongue increased by 5,055.

Population of Helsinki and compared areas on 31 Dec. 2017 and population change in 2016 and 2017

 

31.12.2017

2016

2017

Helsinki

643 272

6 973

8 091

Espoo

279 044

4 781

4 461

Vantaa

223 027

4 736

3 686

Kauniainen

9 624

-89

227

Helsinki Metropolitan Area

1 154 967

16 401

16 465

Outer Helsinki Region

320 128

2 328

2 011

Helsinki Region

1 475 095

18 729

18 476

Rest of Finland

4 038 035

-2 740

-8 643

Finland as a whole

5 513 130

15 989

9 833

Source: Statistics Finland

More about the subject:

Senior Population Statistician Pekka Vuori, +358 9 310 36300, e-mail: pekka.vuori@hel.fi  
Senior Actuary Netta Mäki, +358 9 310 36373, e-mail: netta.maki@hel.fi