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Most new Tartu residents came from foreign countries, existing residents mainly left for rural municipalities in Tartu County

Tartu City Government Press Release

Most new Tartu residents came from foreign countries Photo: Kerly Ilves

9 February / In 2020, Tartu gained the most residents from foreign countries, but lost the most residents to the rural municipalities of Tartu County, Harju County and Tallinn.

Last year, a total of 4617 people registered their place of residence as Tartu in the population register, of whom 2226 were men and 2391 were women. Most arrivals (1098 people) were from foreign countries, followed by Tartu County (1057 people), Harju County and Tallinn (713 people), Võru County (204 people), Põlva County (173 people), and Valga County (164 people).
Most of the residents coming to Tartu from abroad were from Finland (195 people), Ukraine (95 people), Germany (92 people), and Russia (79 people). A total of 28 people from Latvia and 19 people from Lithuania came to Tartu. The most exotic places were, for example, the Philippines (2 people), Colombia (1 person), Qatar (1 person), Malaysia (1 person), Nepal (1 person) and Mauritius (1 person).

Merje Laimets, coordinator of the Tartu Welcome Centre, explained that foreigners and their family members come to Tartu primarily because of the local institutions of higher education. ‘People come to study at Tartu’s institutions of higher education, but also to teach,’ she said.
A total of 4700 people left Tartu, of which 2178 were men and 2522 women. Most people left for Tartu County (1922 people), Harju County and Tallinn (965 people), abroad (618 people), and to neighbouring counties. Of the foreign countries, most residents went from Tartu to Finland (163 people) and Germany (106 people). A total of 42 people left Tartu for France, 38 for Italy, and 23 for Spain.
As at the beginning of 2021, a total of 74,234 Estonians, 12,399 Russians, 1211 Finns and 1051 Ukrainians live in Tartu. There are 347 Belarusians, 272 Germans, 250 Latvians, 154 Italians, 143 Hindus and 142 Lithuanians. In addition, Tartu is also home to Chechens (4), Walloons (4), Congolese (3), Ossetians (3), Tibetans (2), Abkhazians (1), Afrikaans (1) and Pashtuns (1).

Last changed 09.02.2021