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Latest publication: Quarterly local government finances 2019, 1st quarter

Published: 27 May 2016

Municipalities’ operating expenses totalled EUR 9.0 billion in January to March 2016

In January to March 2016, municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 9.0 billion and operating revenue to EUR 2.0 billion. Municipalities' tax funding was EUR 7.9 billion. Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 2.9 billion and operating revenue to EUR 3.3 billion. These data appear from Statistics Finland's statistics on quarterly local government finances, for which data were collected from 80 municipalities and from 69 joint municipal authorities in Mainland Finland.

External quarterly data on the finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities, EUR million 1)

  Municipalities Joint municipal
authorities
Total Total
Operating revenue total 1 974 3 284
Operating expenses total 9 019 2 920
Annual contribution margin 908 343
Loan stock 15 116 2 963
1) Operating expenses include expenses from production for own use.

Finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities

Municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 9.0 billion and operating revenue to EUR 2.0 billion in January to March 2016. Municipalities' tax funding, which consists of tax revenue and central government transfers to local government, totalled EUR 7.9 billion. In all, 71.2 per cent of tax funding, or EUR 5.6 billion, comprised of tax revenues. The share of central government transfers to local government was thus 28.8 per cent, or EUR 2.3 billion. The combined annual contribution margin of municipalities was EUR 0.9 billion.

Municipalities used EUR 0.4 billion on investments in January to March 2016. At the end of the first quarter, the combined loan stock totalled EUR 15.1 billion. Loan per capita was EUR 2,769 at the end of the quarter. 1)

Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 2.9 billion and operating revenue to EUR 3.3 billion in January to March 2016. The combined annual contribution margin of joint municipal authorities was EUR 0.3 billion.

Joint municipal authorities spent EUR 0.1 billion on investments during the first quarter of the year. Joint municipal authorities' combined loan stock stood at EUR 3.0 billion at the end of the first quarter.

Information on the statistics

The statistics on quarterly local government finances are a sample survey and describe the development of the finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities.

The data in the statistics on quarterly local government finances are preliminary and they might become revised in coming publications. No quarterly data by municipality or by joint municipal authority are published.

The data published in the statistics on quarterly local government finances are not directly comparable with the data of the previously published quarterly statistics because of the different way of handling local government enterprises. In the statistics on quarterly local government finances, local government enterprises are combined with data on basic municipalities and joint municipal authorities, while this was not done in the previous quarterly statistics published between 2013 and 2015.


1) The population data used were the population of Mainland Finland on 31 December 2015.

Source: Quarterly local government finances, 1 st quarter 2016, Statistics Finland

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Updated 27.05.2016

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