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Published: 26 May 2011

Länsi-Turunmaa is the municipality with highest number of free-time residences 2010

According to Statistics Finland, there were 489,000 free-time residences in Finland at the end of 2010. In terms of absolute numbers, the municipality of Länsi-Turunmaa had the highest quantity of free-time residences, or over 8,000. Hämeenlinna, Kouvola, Salo, Kuopio,Kuusamo and Raasepori had the next largest numbers of free-time residences. In each of them the stock of free-time residences exceeded 6,000. As a result of municipal mergers, the number of free-time residences in many urban municipalities rather describes the volume of summer housing in the region than free-time residences located in the urban area.

Highest number of free-time residences, 31 December 2010

(Regional Division based on Municipalities on 1 Jan. 2011) Number of free-time residences
Länsi-Turunmaa 8 374
Hämeenlinna 7 694
Kouvola 7 605
Salo 7 074
Kuopio 6 575
Kuusamo 6 394
Raasepori 6 352
Mikkeli 5 768
Mäntyharju 4 702
Kemiönsaari 4 575

In the 2000s, the highest numbers of new free-time residences have been built in Kuusamo, Kittilä, Kolari and Länsi-Turunmaa, over 60 new cottages per year, on average. The regions with the highest numbers of new free-time residences constructed were Lapland, Etelä-Savo and Varsinais-Suomi. New free-time residences are larger in area than before. The average area of free-time residences built in the 2000s was 64 square metres, while it was 49 square metres for free-time residences built in the 1990s.

Source: Buildings and Free-time Residences, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Marja Hermiö (09) 1734 3211, Arja Tiihonen (09) 1734 3272, Elina Aspblad-Huohvanainen (09) 1734 3232,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 26.5.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Buildings and free-time residences [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6796. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.3.2024].
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