Vantaa in brief

City of Vantaa

Vantaa is a relaxed international airport city in the middle of the metropolis. It is the fourth biggest city in Finland with more than 219,000 inhabitants. Different cultures blossom freely, and more than 110 native languages are spoken in Vantaa. Vantaa is an attractive city that grows fast. The city consists of seven major regions, and its characteristic city centers keep on urbanizing.

Thanks to its location and accessibility, Vantaa is an excellent place for businesses, too. More than 10,000 companies operate in Vantaa, providing more than 100,000 jobs, and the fastest-growing business area in Finland, Aviapolis, is situated right next to the airport area.

Vantaa offers its residents high-quality public services as well as myriad leisure-time options. The city has a vivid cultural provision, versatile exercise places, and a comprehensive service network. In addition, wherever in Vantaa you may be, you will always be close to nature. For most Vantaa residents, the closest outdoor recreation area is just 300 meters away.

It is easy to live and move around in Vantaa. Public transportation is flexible, and the majority of Vantaa residents live within a 1-kilometer radius from a train station.

Vantaa information

Vantaa is the fourth biggest city in Finland with more than 219,000 inhabitants. Less than 20% of Vantaa residents are under 16 years old, while 15% are aged 64 or over. Every tenth Vantaa resident is a foreign national, and—besides Finnish and Swedish—more than a hundred other languages are spoken in the city. There are 107,332 jobs in Vantaa, and the city’s self-sufficiency in employment is 108%. Most jobs are in wholesale and retail, transportation, storage, and industry.

Area (Jan. 1, 2017)

Total 240,34 km2
Land area 238,37 km2
Water area 1,97 km2
Residents/km2 920

Population structure (Jan. 1, 2017)

Number of inhabitants 219 341
Women 51 %
0–6-year-olds 8,6 %
7-15-year-olds 10,4 %
16-64-year-olds 66,0 %
65+- year-olds 15,0 %

Language and nationality (Jan. 1, 2017)

Finnish-language speakers 80,8 %
Swedish-language speakers 2,6 %
Foreign-language speakers 16,6 %
Foreign nationals 10,7 %

Labor market and economy

Jobs (Dec. 31, 2014) 107 332
Self-sufficiency in employment (Dec. 31, 2014) 107,5 %
Unemployment rate (Dec. 31, 2016) 12,0 %
Tax rate (2017) 19,00 %

Housing production in 2016

Housing units, total 2955
- of which small houses 12,4 %
- of which owner-occupied accommodation 54,8 %

From parish to city

  • Helsinge Parish became Helsinki Rural District in 1865 and a township in 1972. Vantaa became a city in 1974.
  • Vantaa District map

Further information