Size of household-dwelling units

Updated: 17 May 2018
Next update: 14 May 2019

A household-dwelling unit consists of the permanent occupants of a dwelling. Persons who according to the Population Information System of the Population Register Centre are institutionalised, or are homeless, or are abroad, or are registered as unknown, do not constitute household-dwelling units.

More than one household may belong to the same household-dwelling unit. A household is formed of all those persons who live together and have meals together or otherwise use their income together.


Living in blocks of flats grows in popularity

A comparison between house types reveals that household-dwelling units are piling into blocks of flats. According to Statistics Finland, the number of household-dwelling units living in blocks of flats grew from the previous year by 1.9 per cent or by 22,600 household-dwelling units. In total, 1,214,500 household-dwelling units were living in blocks of flats, nearly one-half of all household-dwelling units.

A household-dwelling unit is formed by persons living permanently in the same dwelling. In the light of annual changes in the numbers of household dwelling-units by house type, the year 2009 appears to be the turning point. In the subsequent years, the number of household-dwelling units has grown clearly faster in blocks of flats than in detached houses and terraced houses. In 2017, the number of household-dwelling units living in detached houses grew by just 0.1 per cent (1,400 household-dwelling units) and that of those living in terraced houses by half a per cent (1,800 household-dwelling units).

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