Most of the Finnish war veterans alive today are women, according to Finland’s War Veterans Association.

War veterans at the National Veterans’ Day in Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, April 27, 2018. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

In total, according to the Social Insurance Institution (Kela), the number of people receiving the front-veteran’s supplement, is 7,836 at the beginning of 2020.

The number of men is about 3,850; the number of women is almost 4,000.

“The reason for this is that the women veterans are somewhat younger in the average age than the men veterans, and they live longer according to the statistics,” says Heikki Karhu, the executive director at the Union of Front Veteran Soldiers, in a statement.

The average age of the women veterans is 90 while the average age of the men is about 95.

A total of about 2,500 veterans die yearly of natural causes. According to the population forecast, the last living veteran is going to pass away in 2036.