Following nearly a decade of a steady decline in births, in 2021 there were 1,516 more babies born in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) compared to the previous year, according to the district.
The region's birth rate began to tick upwards as the Covid pandemic began to unfold in the spring of 2020 and the baby trend seems to be continuing, at least for the time being.
There were 15,753 babies born at HUS hospitals in 2020, and last year that figure increased to 17,269, marking a 9.6 percent growth. A similar trend was seen at the national level, with births across the country increasing by seven percent last year, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Finland.
Last year nearly 10,000 births were recorded at Helsinki's Women's Hospital, more than 4,500 at Espoo Hospital, just over 2,100 at the Hyvinkää Hospital and about 1,400 at the Lohja Hospital. Those births included a total of 232 twins and three triplets.
The cities of Hyvinkää (15.4%) and Lohja (21.9%) saw the biggest increases in births last year.
Senior Medical Director at the HUS department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Seppo Heinonen, said it is difficult to predict the future pattern of births, but said the recent baby boom was not likely to continue for long.
"Based on calculated projections, the increased birth rate will stop and return to pre-pandemic levels by the spring already," Heinonen said in a statement.