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Birth rate remains low in Finland at end of 2019

Published : 26 Jan 2020, 00:59

Updated : 26 Jan 2020, 20:54

  DF Report

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A total of 45,597 children were born in the country in 2019 , which is 1,980 fewer than in the corresponding period of 2018, according to Statistics Finland.

Fewer children than this were last born in the hunger year 1868 and at the end of the 1830s. The number of deaths was 53,559 which is 968 lower than one year earlier.

Finland's population at the end of the year was 5,527,573. During 2019 Finland's population increased by 7,568 persons.

The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 17,903 higher than that of emigrants. The number of births was 7,962 lower than that of deaths. The preliminary total fertility rate was the lowest in the measuring history, 1.35.

Altogether 32,428 persons immigrated to Finland from abroad and 14,525 persons emigrated from Finland during 2018. The number of immigrants was 1,322 higher and the number of emigrants 4,616 lower than in the previous year. In all, 8,564 of the immigrants and 9,865 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.