Economic growth (GDP)

Updated: 31 May 2018
Next update: 31 Aug 2018

Quarterly national accounts describe Finland’s economy systematically and according to the same concepts and definitions as annual national accounts, but at a more aggregated level. The produced data show how Finland’s GDP has developed by quarter, which activities have grown and by how much, whether output has grown because of exports or investments, how the consumption of households has changed from the previous quarter, and how much wages and salaries have risen from the previous year.

GDP, gross domestic product at market prices is the final result of the production activity of resident producer units.

Economic growth has a crucial impact on the overall picture of the development of society. Economic growth must be continuous and must create jobs to ensure that funding of the Finland’s welfare society and extensive social sector is balanced in relation to public sector revenue. In addition to a job-creating economic policy, technological development is also needed to support sustainable economic growth. Technology creates opportunities for maintaining growth and at the same time curbing the use of natural resources. An ageing population and a declining labour force are major factors threatening to reduce the total work input of the economy and to slow the productivity growth rate.

   

Gross domestic product grew by 1.2 per cent from the previous quarter

According to Statistics Finlands preliminary data, the volume 1) of Finlands gross domestic product increased in January to March by 1.2 per cent from the previous quarter. Compared with the first quarter of 2017, GDP adjusted for working days grew by 3.1 per cent.

Revisions put the change in the volume of GDP in the last quarter of 2017 at 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter (was 0.6%) and at 2.6 per cent from twelve months back (was 2.3%).

In the first quarter of 2018, the volume of exports decreased by one per cent from the previous quarter but remained on level with the year before. Imports grew by three per cent year-on-year.

In the first quarter, the volume of household consumption grew by one per cent from the previous quarter and by nearly three per cent from twelve months back. Gross fixed capital formation, or investments, grew by four per cent from the previous quarter and by eight per cent year-on-year.

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