About every fifth child in the Helsinki region (19.1 percent) is of foreign origin, meaning that both of a child's parents are originally from a country other than Finland – most commonly from Estonia, Russia, the former USSR and Somalia.
The rate of internationalisation in the capital region has been fairly brisk; in the year 1990 less than 1 percent of children under 6 with non-Finnish parents lived there. The 10-percent mark was overtaken in 2006.
On Friday, Statistics Finland published new information which shows that at the end of last year the total proportion of all 0-6-year-old Finns with foreign backgrounds was 8 percent.
The stats also show that immigrants are most likely to settle in and around Helsinki; more than half of those of foreign extraction live in the Uusimaa region. The largest proportion municipally is in Vantaa, at nearly 16 percent.
Of those children with non-Finnish parents 44 percent were from European countries, while African and Asian backgrounds figured at around 27 percent each.