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Published: 8 June 2007

Number of children adopted to Finland from abroad fell in 2006

According to Statistics Finland, 227 children born abroad were adopted to Finland in 2006. This is 111 fewer than in 2005. Adoptions of children from China diminished in particular. The number of adoptions of children born abroad contracted to the level where it was in the early 2000s.

A total of 381 persons born either in Finland or abroad were taken as adoptive children in 2006, which is 134 fewer than in the year before. Among the adopted persons, 189 were female and 192 male. Most (249) of them were aged under five. Sixty-four were over the age of 18.

Adoptions of persons born abroad to Finland 1986-2006


Examined by country of birth of adopted child, the largest group in the adoptions from abroad to Finland was children born in Russia (56). Of the children adopted from abroad to Finland 49 were born in China and 30 in Thailand. These are the countries from where the largest numbers of children were adopted to Finland also in 2005. The vast majority (86%) of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. Fewer than half (43%) of the adoptions of children born in Finland were made by two parents.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Matti Saari +358 9 1734 3401,

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


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Last updated 8.6.2007

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.12.2022].
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