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Latest publication: Consumer price index 2021, May

Published: 14 May 2021

Inflation 2.1 per cent in April

The year-on-year change in consumer prices calculated by Statistics Finland was 2.1 per cent in April. In March, inflation stood at 1.3 per cent. The increase in the inflation rate was particularly due to the rapid fall in fuel prices during spring 2020. Due to the fall, the increase in fuel prices from last April to this April was considerably larger than from March to March.

Inflation indicators in Finland, April 2021

  Point figure Annual change (%) Monthly change (%)
Consumer Price Index 2015=100 105.3 2.1 0.4
Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100 2006    
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2015=100 105.8 2.2 0.4
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes 2015=100 104.5 1.8 0.4

From last April to this April, increases in the prices of petrol, diesel, long-distance train journeys, and cigarettes had the largest upward impacts on the consumer price index. Decreases in the average interest rates on housing loans and consumer credit and the prices of regular ferry service, beer served in restaurants, and televisions had the largest downward impacts. From March to April, consumer prices rose by 0.4 per cent, which was partly due to a rise in the prices of pharmaceutical products.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland's interviewers collect altogether 19,000 prices on nearly 400 commodities from approximately 2,100 outlets for the Consumer Price Index. The price data is supplemented with scanner data wherefrom 5 million individual prices are included into calculation. In addition, some 1,000 items of price data are gathered by centralised collection.

According to preliminary data, inflation in the euro area was 1.6 per cent in April

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the euro area was 1.6 per cent in April. In March it was 1.3 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland was 2.2 per cent in April.

The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices does not include owner-occupancy, games of chance, interests on consumption and other credits, fire insurance on owner-occupied dwellings, the vehicle tax or fishing and hunting fees. The consumption items included in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, as well as the rules governing its compilation, have been defined in EU regulations.

Eurostat’s estimate of inflation in the euro area is based on preliminary data from the Member States and on the price development of energy. Eurostat will publish detailed data on Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices for April on 19 May. Information of inflation in EU countries is available on Eurostat homepage , (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/main).

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes was 1.8 per cent in April

The year-on-year change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 2.2 per cent in April and that in the Index at Constant Taxes measuring market inflation at 1.8 per cent. Over twelve months, the combined raising impact on consumer prices from changes in commodity tax rates was thus 0.4 percentage points. The month-on-month change in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices was 0.4 per cent and that in the Index at Constant Taxes 0.4 per cent in April.

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes

The inflation measured by Consumer Price Index consists mainly of products and services priced by enterprises and the public sector, and value added and commodity taxes. Some 25 per cent of the private consumption described by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) consists of value added or other taxes. The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices at Constant Taxes (HICP-CT) is based on the HICP so the two indices have the same weight structure and price data. HICP-CT is calculated with a method which holds the tax rate constant relative to the reference period. When tax changes take place, the impact of the tax change on commodity prices is eliminated from HICP-CT. The price impact of the tax changes is obtained by comparing the development of the HICP and HICP-CT.


Source: Consumer Price Index, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Kristiina Nieminen 029 551 2957, Hannele Markkanen 029 551 3358, khi@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 14.5.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. April 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.6.2021].
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