Russia's Citizens Are Largest Group among Resident Foreigners in Finland

At this time, in Finland, there are about 100,000 resident foreigners. According to the STT news agency, the largest group among them are Russians. At the end of2001, 22,700 Russia's citizens, nearly one quarter of all foreigners, were registered in Finland as residents. The second largest group among these are 11,600 Estonians, followed by 8,000 Swedes. In 2001, the number of Russians living in Finland increased by 2000. The number of Estonians increased by about 1,000. About 24,000, nearly one quarter of all foreigners, arrived in Finland as refugees.

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