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June Pelo
04-09-03, 21:48
According to Norden newspaper, the official population at the end of 2002 was 5,206,295. The paper reports that the number of foreigners has grown since 1980 and now stands at 103,682. The largest group are Russians, 24,277, followed by Estonians, 12,405 and then Swedish with 8,069. The number of people from EU-countries is 17.3% of all the foreigners living in Finland. The foremost are, in order, Sweden, Great Britain and Germany. Those who have Swedish as a mother tongue are the next largest language group after Finnish-speaking, with a total of 5.5% of the population.

Norden also reported that more than 430 foreigners entered Finland illegally in the first six months. Most aliens came from Jugoslavia, Iraq, Turkey and Bulgaria. Last year the total was 250.

hromar
17-06-04, 20:30
Hi
You can find the latest numbers of the population i Finland on
www.tilastokeskus.fi

HR

Hasse
18-06-04, 07:27
Some interesting statistics from http://www.tilastokeskus.fi/tk/tp/tasku/taskue_vaesto.html

Here you can see how the population has changed since early 1900 both in total numbers and for the major language groups



Popul. Unit 1900 1950 1990 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
31.12.
Total 1 000 2 656 4 030 4 998 5 147 5 160 5 171 5 181 5 195 5 206 5 220
Males 1 000 1 311 1 926 2 426 2 509 2 516 2 523 2 529 2 538 2 545 2 553
Females 1 000 1 345 2 104 2 572 2 638 2 644 2 648 2 652 2 657 2 661 2 667

Language
Finnish % 86,75 91,10 93,53 92,74 92,61 92,50 92,42 92,27 92,14 92,02
Swedish % 12,89 8,64 5,94 5,71 5,68 5,66 5,63 5,60 5,58 5,55
Lappish % 0,06 0,06 0,03 0,03 0,03 0,03 0,03 0,03 0,03 0,03
Russian % 0,29 0,12 0,08 0,40 0,45 0,50 0,54 0,60 0,64 0,67
Other % 0,01 0,08 0,42 1,13 1,22 1,32 1,37 1,50 1,61 1,72