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

Published: 23 September 2015

General government surplus grew by EUR EUR 0.9 billion in April to June

In the second quarter of 2015, consolidated total general government revenue grew by EUR 1.1 billion from the respective quarter of the previous year. Correspondingly, consolidated expenditure increased by EUR 0.2 billion. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the surplus (net lending) of general government grew by EUR 0.9 billion. Total revenue increased by 2.3 per cent from the previous quarter. Total expenditure grew by 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. In the second quarter of 2015, the general government surplus (net lending) stood at EUR 1.6 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

 General government’s 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 second quarter, central government's total revenue amounted to EUR 14.9 billion and total expenditure was EUR 13.9 billion. Central government's total revenue went up by 6.9 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. The revenue items that grew most were tax revenues. Correspondingly, total expenditure decreased by 3.4 per cent. The difference between revenue and expenditure improved into a surplus of EUR 1.0 billion.

Local government's total revenue was EUR 12.7 billion in the second quarter. It grew by EUR 0.1 billion or 1.1 per cent from the respective quarter in the year before. The revenue items that grew most were income taxes received and other direct taxes. Local government's total expenditure was EUR 12.5 billion in the second quarter. It grew by EUR 0.2 billion or 1.6 per cent. The expenditure item that grew most was intermediate consumption. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the local government surplus (net lending) went down from the previous year and amounted to EUR 0.2 billion.

Social security funds include employment pension schemes and other social security funds. In the second quarter, total revenue of employment pension schemes amounted to EUR 7.1 billion and total expenditure to EUR 6.2 billion. Total revenue grew by EUR 0.1 billion or 1.4 per cent from the corresponding quarter in the year before and total expenditure increased by EUR 0.4 billion or 7.7 per cent. The revenue item that grew most was received 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 0.3 billion and amounted to EUR 0.9 billion.

Other social security funds' total revenue was EUR 4.2 billion in the second quarter. Total revenue decreased by 1.1 per cent from the corresponding quarter of one year ago. The revenue drop was mainly caused by the decrease in received income transfers from the state. The expenditure of other social security funds amounted to EUR 4.7 billion, which was 1.7 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 468 million in the second quarter.

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 3.2 per cent from the previous quarter. Respectively, central government's total expenditure fell by 1.0 per cent from the previous quarter.

Local government's total revenue went up by 0.2 per cent from the previous quarter. Local government's total expenditure grew by 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter.

Employment pension schemes' total revenue went up by 0.6 per cent and total expenditure grew by 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter. Other social security funds' total revenue contracted by 0.7 per cent and total expenditure decreased by 0.9 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 16 September 2015. The data will be next revised on 16 December 2015.


Source: General government revenue and expenditure,2nd quarter 2015. Statistics Finland

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