Foreigners living in
Finland are much younger
than Finnish nationals
Helsinki (12.08.2011 - Juhani Artto) In 2010, the average age of Finnish
nationals was 42.4 years, slightly above the EU-27 average (41.5). On
foreigners and foreign-born people living in Finland are much younger. The
average figures for the above are 32.9 and 34.3 respectively, whereas the
figures for EU-27 are 34.4
As Finland suffers from an ageing population it is fair to say that
Finnish society and its labour market have benefited from immigration.
The Finnish trade unions are well aware of this and welcome immigrant labour
to work in Finland as long as Finnish legislation and Finnish collective
agreements are applied to their working conditions.
As of yet, the impact of foreigners and foreign-born people on age
distribution has remained marginal as the number of foreigners and
foreign-born making up the total population of the country has never been
large. In 2010 the proportion of foreigners was
only 2.9 per cent (the EU-27 average was 6.5 per cent) and the percentage of
foreign-born was 4.3 per cent (the EU-27 average was 9.4 per cent).
In Northern Europe the Finnish figures represent something of an anomaly.
of foreigners and foreign-born is much smaller in Finland than in the other
Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and the closest Baltic Republics
Estonia and Latvia.