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Published: 17 June 2015

Number of adoptions decreased in 2014

According to Statistics Finland, there were 445 adoptions in Finland in 2014. The number is fourteen lower than one year before. The number of domestic adoptions went down by eight and that of adoptions of children born abroad by six. Domestic adoptions numbered 284 and adoptions from abroad 161.

Of all persons adopted in Finland in 2014, 192 were girls and 253 boys. Most of the adopted were small children. In all, 259 of the adopted were aged under five. Ninety-three were over the age of 18. Children adopted from abroad were rarely over the age of ten. In domestic adoptions, 82 were aged over 18. The number of internal adoptions within families of registered same-sex partnerships grew by fourteen and numbered 115 last year.

The largest groups in the adoptions from abroad to Finland were children born in South Africa and China. Thirty-six of the adopted children were born in South Africa and 35 in China. The majority of children adopted from China were boys. The third largest group in the adoptions from abroad was children born in Thailand, of whom 18 were adopted. In 2013, the number of adoptions from abroad was also highest for children born in South Africa and China.

Four-fifths of the adoptions from abroad were made by two parents. Good one-third of the adoptions of children born in Finland were made by two parents, when account is not taken of internal adoptions within families of registered same-sex partnerships. The adoptive father was most typically aged 40 to 44 and mother aged 35 to 39 in adoptions from abroad by two parents.

Adoptions in 1987–2014

Adoptions in 1987–2014
Law of registered partnerships was changed in 2009.

Source: Population and Justice Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adoptions [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-738X. 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 30.1.2023].
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