A record number of people immigrated to Finland last year. The figures published by Statistics Finland show that 29,500 persons immigrated to Finland from foreign countries during 2011. The figure is 3,100 higher than in the previous year and highest since Finland gained independence in 1917.
Net immigration by foreign citizens increased clearly, or by 2,000 persons. Emigration from Finland increased slightly and was 12,650 persons.
According to Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE, most new arrivals come from Estonia, Russia and Sweden. Other foreigners eager to settle down in Finland included Britons and Americans.
Most of the newcomers in Finland settled to Uusimaa which is the largest region in Finland, and then to Pirkanmaa, the second largest region.