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Hbl: Immigrant population could double in Helsinki within 20 years

A new forecast to be published on Monday predicts a much higher increase in the immigrant population in the metropolitan Helsinki region than previously thought. The forecast quoted in the country's Swedish language daily Hufvudstadsbladet on Sunday suggests the number of immigrants in the region will double within the next two decades.

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A forecast suggests the immigrant population in Helsinki could double by the year 2030. Image: Yle

Currently some 130,000 non Finnish-speaking people live in the capital city area but this figure could rise to around 300,000 by the year 2030.

According to the forecast which outlines immigrant population trends in the metropolitan Helsinki region, one-fifth of all residents will be of a non Finnish background by 2030. The current level is just under ten percent.

Most non Finnish speakers come to Finland and the Helsinki region from Africa and the Middle East. The forecast indicates most of them reside in Helsinki. Those arriving from Asia tend to move into Espoo while those from Russia prefer to live in Vantaa.

Hufvudstadsbladet also calculates that the number of Swedish speakers in the area will grow by ten percent to around 38,000.

The report on population trends is published by the City of Helsinki Urban Facts.

According to figures issued last November by Statistics Finland, there were 257,248 persons of foreign origin living in Finland at the end of 2011. This represents 4.8 per cent of Finland's population.  The share of people with foreign origin is highest in Helsinki, 11.8 per cent, with Vantaa standing at 11.2 per cent and Espoo with 10.5 per cent.

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