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Published: 31 May 2013

Number of adoptions unchanged in 2012

According to Statistics Finland, adoptions in 2012 numbered 466. The figure is the same as one year earlier. The number of domestic adoptions grew only a little. Their number was 258, five more than one year before. Last year, the number of internal adoptions within families of registered same-sex partnerships remained unchanged at 91.

Adoptions in 1987–2012

Adoptions in 1987–2012

There were 198 adoptions of girls and 268 adoptions of boys in Finland in 2012. Most, or 271, of the adopted persons were small children aged under five. Eighty-five were over the age of 18. Children adopted from abroad were rarely over the age of 10. In domestic adoptions, the number of over 18-year-old adopted persons was 73.

During 2012, adoptions of children born abroad to Finland numbered 208. The number was a few lower than in 2011. The largest groups in the adoptions from abroad to Finland were children born in China and South Africa. Adoptions of children born in China numbered 64 and those of children born in South Africa 32. The majority of children adopted from China were boys. The third largest group in the adoptions from abroad was children born in Russia, of whom 23 were adopted. In 2011, the largest groups in adoptions from abroad were children born in South Africa.

Four-fifths of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. One-third of the adoptions of children born in Finland were made by two parents. The adoptive father and mother were most typically aged 35 to 39 in adoptions from abroad by two parents.

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari 09 1734 3401

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 31.5.2013

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 8.12.2022].
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