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Latest publication: General government revenue and expenditure by quarter 2019, 1st quarter

Published: 31 March 2014

General covernment deficit decreased by EUR 0.6 billion in October to December

In the fourth quarter of 2013, consolidated total general government revenue grew by EUR 1.2 billion from the respective quarter of the previous year. Consolidated expenditure increased by EUR 0.5 billion. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of general government fell by EUR 0.6 billion from the year before. Total revenue increased by 1.2 per cent from the previous quarter. Total expenditure grew by 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the general government deficit (net borrowing) stood at EUR 4.2 billion. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s statistics on general government revenue and expenditure by quarter. General government is comprised of central government, local government and social security funds.

General governments net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend

 General governments net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend

Changes from the respective quarter of the year before

Examinations of year-on-year changes are made with figures unadjusted for seasonal variation. In the fourth quarter, central government's total revenue amounted to EUR 11.7 billion and total expenditure was EUR 14.6 billion. Central government's total revenue went up by 5.1 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. Similarly, total expenditure decreased by 0.3 per cent. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of central government went down by EUR 0.6 billion. The deficit totalled EUR 2.9 billion.

Local government's total revenue was EUR 10.7 billion in the fourth quarter. They grew by EUR 0.8 million or 7.7 per cent from the respective quarter in the year before. The revenue items that increased most were income tax, wealth tax and other direct taxes that grew by EUR 0.7 billion or 20.2 per cent compared to the last quarter of 2012. Local government's total expenditure was EUR 12.6 billion in the fourth quarter. They grew by EUR 0.4 billion or 3.3 per cent. The expenditure items that grew most were gross fixed capital formation and compensation of employees. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the local government deficit (net borrowing) went down by EUR 0.4 billion and amounted to EUR -1.9 billion.

Social security funds include employment pension schemes and other social security funds. In the fourth quarter, employment pension schemes' total revenue amounted to EUR 6.3 billion and total expenditure was EUR 5.6 billion. Total revenue grew by EUR 0.2 billion or 2.6 per cent from the corresponding quarter in the year before and total expenditure increased by EUR 0.3 billion or 6.2 per cent. The revenue item that grew most was social contributions and in expenditure paid social benefits other than social transfers in kind grew the most. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the surplus (net lending) of employment pension schemes went down by EUR 0.2 billion and amounted to EUR 0.7 billion.

Other social security funds' total revenue was EUR 4.4 billion in the fourth quarter. The change in total revenue amounted to 1.5 per cent from the corresponding quarter of one year ago. The revenue growth was caused by the increase in social security contributions received. The expenditure of other social security funds amounted to EUR 4.5 billion, which was 5.6 per cent higher than one year ago. The expenditure item that grew most was paid social benefits other than social transfers in kind. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of social security funds was EUR 164 million.

Changes from the previous quarter

Examinations of changes from the previous quarter are made with seasonally adjusted figures. Central government's total revenue grew by 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. Respectively, central government's total expenditure fell by 1.7 per cent.

Local government's total revenue went up by one per cent from the previous quarter. Local government's total expenditure grew by 1.1 per cent from the previous quarter.

Employment pension schemes' total revenue went up by 0.9 per cent and total expenditure grew by 1.5 per cent from the previous quarter. Other social security funds' total revenue increased by 0.6 per cent and total expenditure by 2.0 per cent from the previous quarter.

The data for the two latest years are preliminary and will become revised as annual national accounts data are revised. Seasonally adjusted and trend time series have been calculated with the Tramo/Seats method. Seasonally adjusted and trend time series always become revised against new observations irrespective of whether the original time series becomes revised or not. Further information on the seasonal adjustment method: http://www.tilastokeskus.fi/til/tramo_seats_en.html As the time series of annual accounts become revised, the time series of this set of statistics will also be revised. These data are based on the data sources available by 19 March 2014. The data will next be revised on 11 July 2014.


Source: General government revenue and expenditure,4th quarter 2013. Statistics Finland

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