Finland Economic Forecast

Finland Economic Outlook

June 26, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, the economy maintained its growth momentum from Q4 2017, with quarter-on-quarter growth accelerating to an over seven-year high. This was due to fixed investment surging on the back of higher private sector investment. Moreover, government consumption increased in Q1, contrasting the fall in Q4. However, although unemployment decreased, and consumer confidence hit record highs, private consumption growth decelerated in Q1 from Q4. This may have been due to high household debt levels weighing on consumer spending. The external sector, for its part, detracted from growth. Meanwhile, the economy had a weak start to Q2. In April, economic activity expanded year-on-year at the slowest pace since August 2016. The current account balance also logged a deficit for the second consecutive month in April.

Finland Economic Growth

An expansion in private consumption should support economic growth in 2018 as unemployment dips from 2017. Moreover, accommodative monetary policy and high business confidence are seen supporting an expansion in fixed investment. However, the government’s ongoing fiscal consolidation will likely constrain government consumption growth. FocusEconomics panelists expect GDP growth of 2.7% in 2018, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 2.2% in 2019.

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Finland Facts

ValueChangeDate
Bond Yield0.503.70 %Jul 17
Exchange Rate8.15-0.38 %Jul 17
Stock Market4,2870.0 %Jul 17

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