Non - Finnish language speakers, a very fast growing minority and must not be ignoredSunday, 18 March 2012
An increasing number of people living in Finland have a mother tongue other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami. In fact, the country will soon boast of a large number of non native speakers to the number of the current Swedish-speaking Finns.
This is to say that the number of non Finnish and non Swedish speakers have increased in recent years and that the number of those not speaking Finnish or Swedish will soon reach the entire population speaking Swedish.
About 245,000 native speakers of foreign languages lived in Finland in 2011, making up about 4.5 percent of the population, according to Statistics Finland. On the other hand, Swedish-speaking Finns number 5.4 percent of the population, or 291,000 people.
Russian is the most commonly spoken foreign language in Finland, claiming 31 percent of all native speakers of foreign languages. Also frequently heard in Finland are Estonian (18 percent), Somali (7 percent) and English (7 percent).
At the end of last year, some 183,000 foreign nationals were resident in Finland. This amounts to 3.4 percent of the population.
On the whole, the Finnish population grew by almost 26,000 last year, according to figures issued by Statistics Finland on Friday. This is the fastest population growth since 1991, the figures showed.
For five years running, more people left Finland than were born there. At the end of 2011, the number of Finnish citizens permanently resident in Finland was 5,218,134, of whom 101,306 had been born abroad. Foreign citizens resident in Finland numbered 183,133, or 3.4 percent of the population.
Statistics Finland says the population of Finland stood at 5.4 million at the end of last year.
By Scancomark.se Team
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