Finland is a country of old cars. It is also one of the countries with more cars per capita in the EU.
According to Statistics Finland's latest data, at the end of 2019 the average age of registered passenger cars in mainland Finland was 15.2 years and that of cars in traffic use was 12.2 years.
The lowest average age of registered passenger cars was 12.6 years in the region of Uusimaa and highest 17.6 years in the region of Kainuu.
Vehicle stock grew
At the end of 2019, the Finnish vehicle register contained 6,785,012 vehicles, of which 5,124,608 were in traffic use. The total number of registered vehicles grew by 2.4% and the number of those in traffic use grew by 0.8% year-on-year.
There were 3,574,570 passenger cars in the register (+2.3%), of which 2,745,074 were in traffic use (+0.9%). The number of registered passenger cars was growing most in the region of North Ostrobothnia and least in the region of South Karelia.
Source: Statistics Finland.
In 2019, a total of 114,202 new passenger cars were first registered in Mainland Finland and 45,912 used passenger cars were imported to Finland. A total of 70,524 passenger cars were removed from the register.
Last year, there were 4,830 electric passenger cars and 25,104 plug-in hybrid electric cars. The number of electric cars grew by 93% and that of plug-in hybrid electric cars by 89% from the previous year. The combined share of electric cars and plug-in electric cars was under 1% of all passenger cars in the register.
The most common models of passenger cars in the register of Mainland Finland were Toyota Corolla (around 150,000), Volkswagen Golf (about 130,000) and Toyota Avensis (91,000).