Statistics Finland's household budget survey produces data on changes in the consumption expenditure of households and on differences in consumption by population group. The survey also studies the housing conditions, indebtedness, possession of durable goods, and income among households. The survey is a sample survey for which data are collected from households with interviews and diaries filled in by them, and from purchase receipts and administrative registers.From 1966 until 1990, the survey was conducted regularly at five-year intervals. From 1994 to 1996 the survey was carried out annually. Since then, household budget surveys have been carried out in 1998, 2001 and 2006. The next survey has been planned to conduct in 2012. The Household Budget Survey is harmonised within the European Union with regard to its concepts, definitions and classifications.
The population of the statistics comprises private households permanently living in Finland, i.e. the so-called household population. Excluded from the survey are those living permanently (i.e. for over one year) abroad, those without address and the institutional population (e.g. long-term residents of old people's homes, nursing homes, prisons or hospitals).
The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. In the statistics to be published the data are reported in statistical form so that individual observations are protected.
Last updated 21.5.2013