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Number of births remains lower than deaths in H1

Published : 27 Jul 2020, 01:09

  DF Report

Photo source: Kela.

The number of births remained 4,729 lower than the number of deaths from January to June in the country, according to Statistics Finland.

The preliminary statistics for January–June showed that a total of 22,886 children were born, which is 651 more than in the corresponding period 2019. Slightly over one hundred children were born on leap day in 2020.

The number of deaths was 27,615 which is 383 higher than one year earlier.

Finland's population at the end of June was 5,528,855.

During January–June, the population, however, increased by 3,563 persons. The reason for the population increase was migration gain from abroad: the number of immigrants was 8,431 higher than that of emigrants.

The birth rate rose slightly in the early part of the year from the corresponding period of the year before. In January to June 2020, the total fertility rate was 0.68, while in January to June 2019 it was 0.66.

The total fertility rate has been calculated for a period of six months instead of for a calendar year. The figure is approximately half of the number of children a woman on average gives birth to over her lifetime if the fertility rate remains on level with the early part of 2020. The total fertility rate of the whole year cannot be deduced from the figures, because the number of births varies at different times of the year.

In January to June, 13,258 persons moved to Finland from abroad and 4,827 persons moved abroad from Finland. The effects of the restrictions due to the corona virus are visible in these figures on international migration.

The number of immigrants was 1,828 lower and the number of emigrants 2,844 lower than in the previous year. The number of emigrants in January to June has last been under 5,000 in the 1990s. In all, 4,103 of the immigrants and 3,087 of the emigrants were Finnish citizens.