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RD funding grows in the 2018 budget

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, allocations for research and development increase in the government budget by EUR 85.7 million from the year before. In the 2018 government budget, the appropriations for RD activities amount to EUR 1,883.2 million. The share of public research funding in gross domestic product will, however, remain on level with the previous year and is an estimated 0.80 per cent.



Unemployment rate 8.8 per cent in January

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed persons in January 2018 was 238,000, which was 4,000 fewer than one year ago. The unemployment rate was 8.8 per cent, having been 9.2 per cent in January of the year before. There were 71,000 more employed than in January of the previous year. The number of persons in the inactive population was 51,000 lower than one year earlier.



Inflation 0.8 per cent in January

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland was 0.8 per cent in January. In December, inflation stood at 0.5 per cent. Statistics Finland has updated the commodity basket for the consumer price index and the weight structure of consumption at the beginning of January. For example, music streaming services were added to the commodity basket and landline telephone call charges and video camera were removed due to low consumption.



More open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2017 than one year earlier

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The number of open job vacancies was 37,200 in the last quarter of 2017, while the figure was 26,400 one year before. The data appear from Statistics Finlands Job Vacancy Survey and describe the situation on the first of December. In the whole of 2017, there were 41,600 open job vacancies, on average, which is 22 per cent more than in the previous year (33,900).



Most common hourly earnings of wage and salary earners EUR 15 in 2016

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands Structure of Earnings statistics, wage and salary earners most common total earnings per hour worked were EUR 15 in 2016. In addition to basic pay and scheduled pay, total hourly earnings include all bonuses, overtime pay and benefits in kind. Total earnings are in gross, that is, taxes or other payments have not been deducted from them.



Young people in Kymenlaakso are working or studying less often than others in 2016

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland's employment statistics, 27 per cent of the population aged 18 to 24 living in Kymenlaakso were outside work and education 1) at the end of 2016. Of the 12,460 young people in the region, 3,310 were unemployed, pensioners or belonged to the group others in the inactive population. In the whole country, the proportion of young people not working or studying was 19 per cent. Among regions, the share has been highest in Kymenlaakso in all years between 2011 and 2016.



Building costs rose by 1.4 per cent in January year-on-year

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, building costs rose by 1.4 per cent in January 2018 from one year back. The prices of materials went up by 2.1 per cent, those of labour inputs by 0.4 per cent and those of services by 2.1 per cent compared with January 2017.



Current account slightly in deficit in December

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The current account showed a deficit of EUR 0.1 billion in December. There was net capital outflow. The data appear from Statistics Finland's statistics on balance of payments and international investment position.



Finlands preliminary population 5,516,224 at the end of 2017

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data for 2017, Finland's population was 5,516,224 at the end of the year. During 2017, our country's population grew by 12,927 persons, which is 3,062 persons fewer than in 2016.



Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 10.4 per cent in December 2017

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments continued to grow, by 10.4 per cent from last year and 724,000 nights were recorded for them in December 2017. The number of nights spent by resident tourists went up by 8.6 per cent and totalled good 941,000. A total of nearly 1.7 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in December 2017, which was 9.4 per cent more than in one year before. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finlands statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection.



Road traffic accidents claimed 18 lives in January

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to preliminary data of Statistics Finland, 297 accidents involving personal injury happened in road traffic in January. In them, 18 persons were killed and 379 persons injured. The number of persons killed was eight higher and that of persons injured 51 lower than in January 2017.



Output of the national economy shows no sign of slowing down in December

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Adjusted for working days, output was 3.6 per cent higher in December than one year before. According to revised data, working-day adjusted output increased in November 2017 by 4.3 per cent (previously 3.5 per cent) from November 2016. For this reason, seasonally adjusted output fell by 0.1 per cent in December 2017 from the month before.



Retail trade sales grew by 2.6 per cent year-on-year in December

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales increased by 2.6 per cent in December from December 2016. Among retail trade industries, sales of daily consumer goods grew by 2.1 per cent and sales in department store trade by 5.7 per cent. Sales in wholesale trade grew in December by 1.5 per cent from twelve months earlier. By contrast, sales in motor vehicle trade decreased by 2.3 per cent over the same period. Sales increased in total trade by 1.5 per cent from December 2016.



Turnover in manufacturing increased by good 7 per cent in September to November

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, turnover in manufacturing in the September to November period was 7.3 per cent higher than in the corresponding period of the year before. Domestic sales grew by 6.0 per cent and export turnover by 8.4 per cent from one year ago.



A total of 2,300 comprehensive schools in operation, the share of joint schools growing

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands register of providers of education and register of educational institutions, there were 728 active providers of education and 3,315 educational institutions in which 1.85 million students pursued studies at the end of 2017. A total of 2,276 comprehensive schools were in operation, 19 per cent of which were joint schools comprising grades 1 to 9. The share of joint schools in comprehensive schools has risen by 10 percentage points in ten years.



Turnover in service industries increased by 6.8 per cent year-on-year in September to November

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, turnover in service industries grew by 6.8 per cent in September to November from the corresponding period of the year before. Among the industries, strongest growth was recorded in administrative and support service activities (+12.2%) and in the biggest of service industries, transportation and storage (+8.0%). Professional, scientific and technical activities and accommodation and food service activities also reached a good growth compared to one year ago. Services are here examined exclusive of trade.



Turnover of construction enterprises grew in September to November by 7.7 per cent year-on-year

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, the turnover of construction enterprises grew by 7.7 per cent in the September to November period. In the corresponding period of 2016, growth was slightly higher, 8.0 per cent from one year back. The sales volume of construction grew by 3.8 per cent in September to November.



Wages and salaries sum grew by 2.9 per cent year-on-year in October to December

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy was 2.9 per cent greater in the past October to December period than in the corresponding period twelve months earlier. In December, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy grew by 2.2 per cent from the year before. One year previously in October to December, the wages and salaries sum of the whole economy increased by 1.5 per cent.



Industrial output grew by 4.2 per cent year-on year in December

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, output of total industries adjusted for working days was 4.2 per cent higher in December 2017 than in December 2016. Statistics Finland's preliminary data indicate that industrial output grew by 3.3 per cent last year. Industrial output has reached the post-financial crisis level of 2010, but is still 14 per cent below the year 2008.



New orders in manufacturing fell by 4.3 per cent year-on-year in December

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland, the value of new orders in manufacturing was 4.3 per cent lower in December 2017 than twelve months earlier. During 2017, orders rose by 12.8 per cent year-on-year.



Leisure trips abroad increased in September to December 2017

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands preliminary data, more leisure trips abroad were made in September to December 2017 than in the previous year's autumn. Finns travelled to their favourite destination, Estonia, more often in the autumn period than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of domestic leisure trips was equal to one year earlier. Domestic trips with paid accommodation increased, while the number of trips with free accommodation went down from the previous year.



Rents rose by 2.5 per cent in the year

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

During the fourth quarter of 2017, the year-on-year increase in rents was 2.5 per cent. The rents of non-subsidised rental dwellings went up by an average of 2.5 per cent in the whole country. In the Greater Helsinki Area the rents of non-subsidised rental dwellings went up by 2.3 per cent and in the rest of Finland by 2.5 per cent. The rents of government subsidised dwellings rose by 2.6 per cent in the whole country. Compared to the previous quarter, the rents of non-subsidised dwellings increased by an average of 0.5 cent and the rents of government subsidised dwellings by 0.3 per cent.



Annual contribution margin of municipalities in Mainland Finland EUR 3.2 billion in 2017

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to the 2017 financial statement estimate data, the total contribution margin of municipalities in Mainland Finland was EUR 0.5 billion higher than in the financial statements of the previous year. The annual contribution margin strengthened especially as operating expenses declined by 2.1 per cent and tax revenues grew by 2.0 per cent. These data appear from Statistics Finland's statistics on quarterly local government finances, for which financial statement estimate data concerning 2017 were collected from all 295 municipalities and 134 joint municipal authorities in Mainland Finland.



In January 2018 the number of new passenger cars registered was 13,579

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

In January 2018 a total of 19,244 new motor vehicles were registered, of which 15,548 were automobiles. First registrations increased by 6.4 per cent from the corresponding month of the previous year. In January the number of new passenger cars registered was 13,579, which was 6.6 per cent up from the year before. The share of new diesel-driven passenger cars was 25.5 per cent. These data are based on the Vehicular and Driver Data Register of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency and they have been produced by Statistics Finland. The numbers are exclusive of the vehicles on the Åland Islands.



Wage and salary earners' earnings rose by 0.2 percent

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands preliminary data, the nominal earnings of wage and salary earners rose by 0.2 per cent on average in October to December 2017 when compared to the respective period in 2016. Real earnings fell by 0.4 per cent on average compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year, because the rise in consumer prices was faster than that in earnings level.



Steady support for Sauli Niinistö in different areas in the Presidential election 2018

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT

In the first election round of the Presidential election, Sauli Niinistö received the majority of the votes cast and was elected the President of the Republic. Niinistö, a candidate of a constituency association, received 1,875,342 votes in the election, that is, 62.6 per cent of all votes cast. Niinistö gathered votes evenly in different areas. Pekka Haavisto, the candidate of the Green League received the second most votes (371,254). Haavistos share of votes cast was 12.4 per cent. The difference between the two candidates with most votes cast was thus 1,504,088 votes and 50.2 percentage points. The data are based on Statistics Finland's statistics on Presidential election 2018.



Consumption of hard coal decreased by ten per cent in 2017

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the consumption of hard coal decreased by ten per cent last year in comparison with the previous year. The consumption of hard coal as a fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 3.2 million tonnes, corresponding to 82 petajoules (PJ) in energy content. Last year, 30 per cent less hard coal was consumed than on average during this millennium.



Gross domestic product grew by 2.1 per cent in 2016

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finlands revised preliminary data, the volume of Finlands gross domestic product grew by 2.1 per cent in 2016, while previously the growth was estimated to be 1.9 per cent. The National Accounts for 2015 were also revised: gross domestic product grew by 0.1 per cent, previously it was estimated that the GDP had remained unchanged.



Share of social protection in general government expenditure grew further in 2016

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The share of social protection in consolidated total general government expenditure rose to 45.8 per cent in 2016. In the previous year, the share of social protection was 44.8 per cent. Social protection expenditure also grew most from 2015. Expenditure directed at old age, of which most were pensions, grew most from the previous year.



Turnover of large enterprises grew in December

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the seasonally adjusted turnover of large enterprises grew by 0.2 per cent in December 2017 compared with November. In November, seasonally adjusted turnover grew by 0.8 per cent, while in October, turnover was 0.3 per cent higher than in the month before.