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Overview of young people’s wellbeing in Helsinki in 2018

The Youth Welfare Report contains statistics, research and experiences on 15-29 year olds in Helsinki. The annual overview highlights themes relating to young people’s wellbeing.

In early 2018, Helsinki had 137,079 inhabitants aged 15-29 years. Thus every fifth Helsinki resident is between 15 and 29 years old.

The Southern Major District has the largest number of young inhabitants. The largest proportion of young people is found in the Central Major District, where every fourth resident is between 15 and 29 years old. In the Alppiharju district (in Central MD), almost every third inhabitant is that age. In Tuomarinkylä, barely over ten per cent are 15-29 years old.

17 per cent of young people in Helsinki have a foreign background in the sense that both or the only known parent have been born abroad. The numbers of second-generation immigrants are growing. Today, almost half of 15-19 year olds with a foreign background have been born in Finland.

One in four employed people is under 30

As immigrants, i.e. people with a foreign background, increase in number, the numbers of immigrants pursuing studies grows, too. More and more second-generation immigrants take up studies after they have finished their compulsory education. In late 2016, no less than 82 per cent of 16-18 year-old second-generation immigrants studied at secondary level. This percentage was 87 among all 16-18 year olds in Helsinki, and among those of that age that had been born abroad, it was 54.

Seven per cent of young people had become entirely excluded from work or studies, meaning that they had no post-compulsory qualifications and were either unemployed or not belonging to the labour force. The proportion of young people not belonging to the labour force or pursuing studies has decreased in the 2010s among those younger than 20 ears, but not notably among those over 20. A growing proportion are taking up secondary-level studies after compulsory education, and at the same time, differences between schools and neighbourhoods in Helsinki have decreased.

From the perspective of business in Helsinki, it is remarkable that every fourth gainfully occupied resident is under 30 years of age. The numbers of unemployed young people keep falling, and the unemployment rate has come down in all districts of Helsinki.

Young people in Helsinki are, for the most part, satisfied with their lives

According to the School Health Survey, around 70 per cent of young people feel they can control their own lives and get along just fine. A larger proportion of boys than girls are satisfied with their own lives and feel mentally well. In those age groups that answered the survey, self-experienced loneliness, tiredness at school and depression were more common among girls than boys.

According to the findings of the School Health Survey, three in four pupils in compulsory or general secondary education pursue exercise of their own accord on a weekly basis. Among those attending vocational training, this proportion is two-thirds. About nine in ten young people report they pursue a hobby on a weekly basis. However, over one-third of those attending vocational training say the most interesting hobbies are too expensive for them.

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