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Latest publication: Quarterly local government finances 2019, 3rd quarter

Published: 26 August 2016

Municipalities’ operating expenses totalled EUR 18.5 billion in January to June 2016

In January to June 2016, municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 18.5 billion and operating revenue to EUR 4.0 billion. Municipalities received a total of EUR 11.1 billion in tax revenue and EUR 4.5 billion in central government transfers. Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 6.5 billion and operating revenue to EUR 6.7 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 3 993 6 696
Operating expenses total 18 536 6 488
Annual contribution margin 1 519 169
Loan stock 14 895 2 999
1) Operating expenses include expenses from production for own use.

Finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities

Municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 18.5 billion and operating revenue to EUR 4.0 billion in January to June 2016. Municipalities' tax funding, which consists of tax revenue and central government transfers to local government, totalled EUR 15.7 billion. In all, 71.1 per cent of tax funding comprised of tax revenues and 28.9 per cent of central government transfers. The combined annual contribution margin of municipalities was EUR 1.5 billion.

Municipalities’ investment expenditure stood at EUR 1.2 billion at the end of the first half of 2016. At the end of June, the combined loan stock stood at EUR 14.9 billion, which amounted to EUR 2,729 per capita. 1)

Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 6.5 billion and operating revenue to EUR 6.7 billion in January to June 2016. The combined annual contribution margin of joint municipal authorities was EUR 0.2 billion.

Joint municipal authorities spent EUR 0.3 billion on investments during the two first quarters of the year. Joint municipal authorities' combined loan stock stood at EUR 3.0 billion at the end of June.

Information on the statistics

The statistics on quarterly local government finances are a sample survey that describes the development of the finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities by quarter in Mainland Finland.

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 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 statistics on local government finances by quarter because of the different way of handling local government enterprises. In the statistics on quarterly local government finances, local government enterprises are combined with the data on basic municipalities and joint municipal authorities, while this was not done in the statistics on local government finances by quarter 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, 2nd quarter 2016, Statistics Finland

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Updated 26.08.2016

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