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Published: 24 May 2017

Municipal merger changed the order of municipalities with the highest number of free-time residences in 2016

The order of municipalities with the highest number of free-time residences changed when Juankoski merged into Kuopio at the beginning of 2017. At the same time, Kuopio became the biggest municipality in Finland by its number of free-time residences. Mikkeli was the second biggest municipality measured by the number of free-time residences in 2016. Both Kuopio and Mikkeli have more than 10,000 free-time residences. The order of other municipalities with the highest number of free-time residences remained unchanged. Statistics Finland’s data describe the numbers of free-time residences according to the latest classification of municipalities. There were 502,900 free-time residences in the whole country at the end of 2016.

Municipalities with highest numbers of free-time residences in 2016

Municipalities with highest numbers of free-time residences in 2016

Construction of free-time residences has slowed down from the top years a few decades ago. While the average number of free-time residences built per year was 8,000 in the early 1990s, now just 2,000 to 3,000 free-time residences are built a year. In the 2010s, most new free-time residences have been constructed in the region of Etelä-Savo, Lapland and Varsinais-Suomi. Of municipalities, most new free-time residences have been built in Kuusamo, Savonlinna, Parainen and Mikkeli.

New free-time residences are usually bigger than older ones. One-half of new free-time residences built in the 2010s had a floor area of at least 65 square metres. Twenty-two per cent of new free-time residences had a floor area of under 40 square metres. One-half of all free-time residences still have a floor area of 40 square metres or less.


Source: Buildings and Free-time Residences, Statistics Finland

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

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 24.5.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Buildings and free-time residences [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-6796. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 1.3.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rakke/2016/rakke_2016_2017-05-24_tie_001_en.html