Published: 12 October 2007

Research and development expenditure nearly EUR 5.8 billion

Expenditure on research and development went up in Finland by nearly EUR 300 million and totalled EUR 5.8 billion in 2006. The growth was in the region of four per cent for the fourth successive year. The business enterprise sector contributed EUR 230 million, or 80 per cent, to the growth. Both the higher education sector and the public sector also increased their R&D expenditure. R&D expenditure is estimated to pass the EUR 6 billion mark in 2007.

The growth of R&D investments into electronics and electrical products continued in 2006. The industry's R&D expenditure rose by close on EUR 100 million to EUR 2.3 billion. Among the manufacturing industries, R&D expenditure also showed strong growth in the metal and engineering industry and in the chemical industry. In the former the growth amounted to EUR 37 million and in the latter to EUR 30 million. Among other industries, and measured with figures on expenditure, R&D activity developed most favourably in other business services where expenditure grew by EUR 30 million.

The GDP share of R&D expenditure was 3.45 per cent in 2006. The share contracted slightly from the previous year because GDP grew even faster that R&D expenditure.

R&D expenditure by sector and GDP share of R&D expenditure in 2000-2006

Year Business
enterprises
Public sector* Higher education
sector
Total GDP share of
R&D expenditure**
EUR
million €
% EUR
million €
% EUR
million €
% EUR
million €
%
2000 3,135.9 70.9 497.4 11.2 789.3 17.8 4,422.6 3.34
2001 3,284.0 71.1 500.9 10.8 834.1 18.1 4,619.0 3.30
2002 3,375.1 69.9 529.7 11.0 925.6 19.2 4,830.3 3.35
2003 3,527.9 70.5 515.4 10.3 961.7 19.2 5,005.0 3.43
2004 3,683.5 70.1 530.1 10.1 1,039.8 19.8 5,253.4 3.45
2005 3,876.9 70.8 554.7 10.1 1,042.1 19.0 5,473.8 3.48
2006 4,107.8 71.3 574.2 10.0 1,079.2 18.7 5,761.2 3.45

* Incl. PNP (private non-profit sector)

** GDP 2005 and 2006 preliminary data of Statistics Finland

More detailed information will be released in the Research and Development 2006 publication due out in December.

Source: Research and development, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Tero Luhtala +358 9 1734 3337, Mr Markku Virtaharju +358 9 1734 3290, tiede.teknologia@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ms Kaija Hovi

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Last updated 12.10.2007

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Research and development [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-6721. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.7.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/tkke/2006/tkke_2006_2007-10-12_tie_001_en.html