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Published: 26 May 2016

One in five municipalities had more free–time residences than inhabited dwellings in 2015

According to Statistics Finland, there were 501,600 free-time residences in Finland at the end of 2015. Even though the number of free-time residences is no longer growing at the same rate as in previous years, the importance of free-time residences becomes emphasised especially in municipalities where the number of permanent residents decreases. At the end of 2015, one in five municipalities had more free-time residences than inhabited dwellings. Altogether, there were 63 such municipalities, those with the highest number of free-time residences were Parainen, Mäntyharju and Kemiönsaari.

Municipalities with more free-time residences than occupied dwellings in 2015 (those with the highest number of free-time residences)

Municipalities with more free-time residences than occupied dwellings in 2015 (those with the highest number of free-time residences)

Measured by the number of free-time residences, Mikkeli still had the highest number of free-time residences, followed by Kuopio and Parainen. The order of municipalities with the highest number of free-time residences remained unchanged in 2015. Mikkeli is the only municipality that has more than 10,000 free-time residences. Free-time residences are often located near the owner’s permanent residence. One-half of journeys to free-time residences are at most 38 kilometres. The median of the journey of people living in Uusimaa to their free-time residences is, however, over three times longer than the median for the entire country.

Municipalities with highest number of free-time residences in 2015

  Regional Division based on Municipalities on 1 Jan. 2016
1. Mikkeli 10 349
2. Kuopio 9 637
3. Parainen 8 595
4. Lohja 8 414
5. Savonlinna 8 314
6. Hämeenlinna 7 872
7. Kouvola 7 740
8. Salo 7 191
9. Kuusamo 6 638
10. Raasepori 6 524
11. Pori 5 143
12. Mäntyharju 4 853
13. Kemiönsaari 4 730
14. Kangasala 4 626
15. Naantali 4 611

Source: Buildings and Free-time Residences, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Marja Hermiö 029 551 3211, Arja Tiihonen 029 551 3272, info@stat.fi

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Updated 26.5.2016

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Buildings and free-time residences [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6796. 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 1.3.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rakke/2015/rakke_2015_2016-05-26_tie_001_en.html