The Finnish population grew by almost 26,000 according to figures issued by Statistics Finland on Friday. This is the fastest population growth since 1991 the figures showed.
For five years running more people left Finland than the number of births.
At the end of 2011, the number of Finnish citizens permanently resident in Finland was 5,218,134, of whom 101,306 had been born abroad. Foreign citizens resident in Finland numbered 183,133, or 3.4 per cent of the population.
Statistics Finland says the population of Finland stood at 5.4 million at the end of last year.