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Published: 25 November 2016

Municipalities’ operating expenses totalled EUR 27.4 billion in January to September 2016

In January to September 2016, municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 27.4 billion and operating revenue to EUR 5.6 billion. Municipalities received a total of EUR 24.0 billion in tax funding. Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 9.3 billion and operating revenue to EUR 10.0 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 5 614 10 016
Operating expenses total 27 444 9 301
Annual contribution margin 2 683 654
Loan stock 14 899 3 029
1) Operating expenses include expenses from production for own use.

Finances of municipalities and joint municipal authorities

Municipalities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 27.4 billion and operating revenue to EUR 5.6 billion in January to September 2016. Municipalities' tax funding, which consists of tax revenue and central government transfers to local government, totalled EUR 24.0 billion. In all, 71.6 per cent of tax funding, or EUR 17.2 billion, comprised of tax revenues. The share of central government transfers to local government was thus 28.4 per cent or EUR 6.8 billion. The combined annual contribution margin of municipalities was EUR 2.7 billion.

In the period from the beginning of January 2016 to the end of September 2016, municipalities used EUR 2.0 billion on investments. At the end of the third quarter, the loan stock totalled EUR 14.9 billion. Loan per capita was EUR 2,730 at the end of the quarter in question. 1)

Joint municipal authorities' external operating expenses amounted to EUR 9.3 billion and operating revenue to EUR 10.0 billion in January to September 2016. The combined annual contribution margin was EUR 0.7 billion.

The investment expenditure of joint municipal authorities totalled EUR 0.5 billion in the first three quarters of 2016. The combined loan stock amounted to EUR 3.0 billion at the end of the third quarter.

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, 3rd quarter 2016, Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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