Migration from Helsinki to other parts of Finland is slowing down
According to advance information provided by Statistics Finland, migration from Helsinki to other parts of Finland decreased by 30% in the course of the year 2004. In 2003, Helsinki lost about 3,000 inhabitants, while last year's figure was only 2,000.
On the other hand, when including factors such as birth and mortality rates as well as migration abroad, Helsinki's net loss for last year was apparently only 300 people.
Researcher Pekka Vuori of the Information Centre of the City of Helsinki notes that the domestic migration figures do not contain any data about migration to and from abroad and they do not include any information about natural growth of population, either.
According to statistics, only the cities of Tampere, Espoo, Jyväskylä, and Kirkkonummi gained over 500 inhabitants last year, while Helsinki and Turku were at the top of the country's negative net migration list.
Vuori stresses that these are just preliminary figures, and the final statistics will be published later. It is essential to take into account even migration to and from abroad, he says. "After the district registrar's records have been updated, the statistics will show no net migration loss any more", Vuori argues.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Finland's internal migration evens out and becomes more balanced (9.2.2005)
Population increase largest in Espoo and decline fastest in Helsinki (30.12.2004)