Family types 

Updated: 30.5.2016 - Next update: 30.5.2017
   
 
 
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Number of families continues to grow slightly

According to Statistics Finland's data, there were 1,475,000 families in Finland at the end of 2015. The number has grown by 1,700 families from the previous year. Even though the number of all families has grown slightly, the number of families with underage children has decreased. This mainly indicates that the age group of children coming of age is larger than the new age groups being born. There were 571,000 families with underage children. A family with underage children has at least one child under the age of 18 living at home. All in all, the changes in the numbers of families are very small on an annual level.

Sixty-five per cent of all families were families of married couples. The number of families with a married couple and children has decreased by close on six thousand families. The numbers of other family types have, however, grown that much that the number of all families is still growing.

Nine out of ten families with a married couple and children at the end of 2014 still remained a family with a married couple and children at the end of 2015. During 2015, the family type of one-tenth of families with a married couple and children changed. Around 30 000 new families with married couple and children were formed.

Twenty-three per cent were families of cohabiting couples and 12 per cent were one-parent families. There were 2,600 families of registered same-sex couples. People living alone numbered 1,112,000.

Statistical release

Source:
Statistics Finland / Families


Description of indicator

A family consists of a married or cohabiting couple or persons in a registered partnership and their children living together; or either of the parents and his or her children living together; or a married or cohabiting couple and persons in a registered partnership without children.

Families are classified into families without children, married or cohabiting couples living with children, and single-parent families. Cohabiting couples are deduced from living together.

Families are formed at the turn of the year from persons living in the same dwelling according to the population information system of the Population Register Centre.