Steve Snodgrass

A recent study has found that one in ten residents here between the ages of 25 and 34 are of foreign origin.

WHILE the inevitable movement of people around the globe is enough to make your average member of the Finns Party quiver in their boots, the fact of the matter is, either way you look at it, Finland is gradually becoming multicultural.

So much so, in fact, that nearly ten per cent of the population of 26-34 year-olds now is made up of people with foreign backgrounds. Recent statistics released by Statistics Finland reveal the changes that the nation has undergone in recent years. A closer look at the Greater Helsinki region, sees nearly one-fifth of residents in the same age group with roots from abroad.

The majority of the foreign-born live in the Uusimaa region of the country and in Åland, where almost half of those with non-Finnish roots had a Swedish background. Those with foreign origins about 60 per cent have a European background, about a quarter had an Asian background and 12 per cent had an African background.

However, those who like their Finland more homogenous can breathe a little easier, when looking at Finland as a whole. By the end of last year, there were 279,616 persons with foreign origin living permanently nationwide, rounding out the number to around 5.2 per cent nationwide.

James O’Sullivan