Germans in Finland

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Germans in Finland
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa
German · Finnish

Germans in Finland are immigrants from Germany residing in Finland.


In the middle ages the most important officers and other nobles were Swedish or Germans. In Turku and Viipuri 75% of bourgeoisies were German. Germans were also merchants. By 1924 there were 1,645 Germans in Finland.[2]

German families were essential for the development of Finland and Helsinki in 1800s. German was the third most spoken language in Helsinki at the time, and German schools which still operate today were established in Helsinki.[3]

Many present-day Finnish companies were started by Germans, like Paulig and Stockmann.

Finnish people of German descent[edit]


  1. ^ "United Nations Population Division | Department of Economic and Social Affairs". Retrieved 2018-06-29.
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  3. ^ "Saksankielinen Helsinki". Suomi-Saksa Yhdistysten Liitto. Retrieved 18 October 2018.