Helsinki facts and figures: reviewed contents and layout in 2018

This year’s edition of the pocket-size brochure Helsinki facts and figures, often referred to as the Pocket Statistics, appears with slightly reviewed contents and a revamped layout. These Pocket Statistics contain basic statistics for Helsinki on fifteen themes, such as population, housing, education, employment, arts and culture, travel and overnight stays, and health.

The Pocket Statistics are issued annually in Finnish, Swedish and English, and less often in Russian, German, French and Chinese.

A few picks of the figures:

  • In 2917, people travelled as follows within Helsinki: 35% on foot, 34% on public transport, 21% by car, and 9% by bicycle. Almost half of public transport travel was made on the buses.
  • With around 13 million passenger trips through Port of Helsinki’s harbours in 2017, Helsinki is the world’s busiest passenger port.
  • The most common homelands of foreigners visiting Helsinki in 2017 were Russia (with 195,000 registered overnight stays made by Russians), Germany (172,000), the United Kingdom (167 ,000, the United States (163,000) and Sweden (162,000).
  • Helsinki has 25 public beaches, 14 winter swimming places, 13 indoor skating rinks, 16 swimming halls or similar, 818 indoor sports premises and 91 dog parks.
  • The most frequented museums were the Ateneum Art Museum (440,000 visits) and the Helsinki City Museum (434,000). Helsinki City Library had 6.5 million visits, i.e. 10 annual visits per Helsinki resident.
  • Life expectancy for children born in Helsinki in 2017 was 78.4 years for boys – over ten years higher than it was ten years ago. For girls, it was 84.3.
  • Of households in Helsinki, almost 49 per cent are single households and 31 per cent two-person households. Eleven per cent of households had more than four members.
  • The average age of the population is 40.6 years in Helsinki, 42.7 in Finland as a whole.
  • In 2017 the City of Helsinki had a total of 37,090 employees. The most common job titles were childminder, nurse and practical nurse. Roughly 40 per cent of the City’s staff work in social or health care.
  •  Air quality in central Helsinki was good or satisfactory for 95 per cent of the hours of the year. Poor air quality was recorded roughly every hundredth hour.


Statistics and Information Service Manager Ari Jaakola,, +358 9 310 43608
Information Services Secretary Solja Saarto,, +358 9 310 36378


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Helsinki facts and figures 2018, pdf