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

Published: 19 December 2014

General government deficit grew by EUR 33 million in July to September

Correction. Title and text of the release has been corrected on 12 January 2015. The corrections are indicated in red Correction.

In the third quarter of 2014, consolidated total general government revenue grew by EUR 0.5 billion from the respective quarter of the previous year. Correspondingly, consolidated expenditure increased by EUR 0.6 billion. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of general government grew by EUR 33 million . Total revenue increased by 1.5 per cent from the previous quarter. Total expenditure grew by 1.6 per cent from the previous quarter. In the third quarter of 2014, the general government deficit (net borrowing) stood at EUR 1.1 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 government’s net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend (Correction. The figure has been corrected on 12 January 2015.)

 General government’s net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend (Correction. The figure has been corrected on 12 January 2015.)

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 third quarter, central government's total revenue amounted to EUR 12.2 billion and total expenditure was EUR 14.0 billion. Central government's total revenue went up by 3.2 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. Correspondingly, total expenditure grew by 1.1 per cent. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of central government went down by EUR 0.2 billion. The deficit totalled EUR 1.7 billion.

Local government's total revenue was EUR 11.3 billion in the third quarter. It diminished by EUR 0.2 billion or by 1.8 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. Of revenues, only other direct taxes received and sales of non-market goods increased. The revenue items that decreased most were other current transfers, which went down by EUR 0.2 billion from the previous year's third quarter. Local government's total expenditure was EUR 11.8 billion in the third quarter. It grew by EUR 0.2 billion or 1.9 per cent. Compensation of employees and other intermediate consumption increased most among expenditure items. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the local government deficit (net borrowing) went up from the previous year and amounted to EUR 0.5 billion.

Social security funds include employment pension schemes and other social security funds. In the third quarter, total revenue of employment pension schemes amounted to EUR 6.7 billion and total expenditure was EUR 5.8 billion. Total revenue grew by EUR 0.1 billion or 1.9 per cent from the corresponding quarter in the year before and total expenditure increased by EUR 0.2 billion or 2.9 per cent. The revenue item that grew most was social contributions and in expenditure paid social benefits other than social transfers in kind. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the surplus (net lending) of employment pension schemes went down by EUR 0.04 billion and amounted to EUR 0.9 billion.

Other social security funds' total revenue was EUR 4.7 billion in the third quarter. The change in total revenue amounted to 9.6 per cent from the corresponding quarter of one year ago. The revenue growth was caused by an increase in social security contributions received and other current transfers. The expenditure of other social security funds amounted to EUR 4.4 billion, which was 5.1 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 surplus (net lending) of other social security funds was EUR 253 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 2.5 per cent from the previous quarter. Correspondingly, central government's total expenditure increased by 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter.

Local government's total revenue was on the same level as in the previous quarter. Local government's total expenditure grew by 1.3 per cent from the previous quarter.

Employment pension schemes' total revenue went up by 0.2 per cent and total expenditure grew by 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter. Other social security funds' total revenue increased by 1.9 per cent and total expenditure grew by 0.1 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 national 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 15 December 2014. The data will be next revised on 26 March 2015.


Source: General government revenue and expenditure,3rd quarter 2014. Statistics Finland

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