Size of household-dwelling units 

Updated: 22.5.2017 - Next update: 17.5.2018

Living alone continued increasing for men in 2016

At the end of 2016 there were 1.1 million people living alone of whom 46 per cent were men. The number of men living alone has doubled in good twenty years. In 2016, men were a majority among persons living alone in the 25 to 54 age group. A majority of the men in this age group are unmarried. Seventeen per cent of them are divorced. According to Statistics Finland there were 256,000 men aged 25 to 54 living alone at the end of 2016 and the corresponding number of women living alone was 158,000.

In rural and semi-urban municipalities nearly 70 per cent of men aged 25 to 54 were living alone. In urban municipalities the corresponding share was 60 per cent. In the capital city Helsinki slightly over one-half of persons living alone aged 25 to 54 were men. In the other biggest towns Espoo, Vantaa, Jyväskylä and Oulu the percentage was over sixty.

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Statistics Finland, Dwellings and housing conditions

Description of indicator

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.