Changes of Population

Last updated 27/09/2019 - 10:35

Population growth in the Helsinki region still rapid

The population of the Helsinki region was approximately 1,502,000 at the end of March. The population in the region grew by 6,300 persons in April–June, which was 200 more than the population growth during the same period in the previous year. Less than one third of the growth was due to migration gain from abroad. The growth during the first quarter was slower than before, but the total population growth in the beginning of the year reached the five-year average. 

The number of births continued to decrease. In April–June, 3,544 children were born, which is 200 less than in 2018. In relative terms, the birth rate has decreased most in the KUUMA municipalities, with only 1,226 children born by the end of June this year, whereas the number of births was 1,700–1,800 at the beginning of the decade. Natural population growth in the region was 1,100 in the first quarter of the year, which is at the same level as in 2017 and 2018.

The population of the Helsinki region has been increasing since 2004. The population growth in Helsinki was very slow from October 2018 to March 2019, whereas the growth became significantly more rapid in Espoo and in Vantaa. Helsinki’s growth also returned to the rapid growth levels of the beginning of the decade during the last quarter.