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Foreigners set to take over Finnish capital, Helsinki as their population here is set to double

Wednesday, 14 September 2011
The number of people with an immigrant background residing in the metropolitan Helsinki region is expected to more than double over the next 20 years. According to calculations made by Helsinki Urban Facts, one in five of all Helsinki region residents could be of immigrant background by the year 2030.

This would be around 224,000 persons, or around 19 percent of the area's total population.
Russians constitute the largest single ethnic group in the region, with those of Asian extraction in second place.
In the view of Katja Vilkama, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, people of foreign descent will tend to reside in different areas from the majority Finnish population.
“Those areas with a high immigrant population are multicultural. Russians, Estonians and Somalis live in the same districts. On the basis of current trends, I believe more ethnic groups will live together but probably Helsinki will not see its own Chinatown,” she said.
Source: Yle, Finland

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