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Latest publication: General government revenue and expenditure by quarter 2019, 2nd quarter

Published: 22 June 2016

General government deficit decreased by EUR 0.9 billion in January to March

In the first quarter of 2016, consolidated total general government revenue grew by EUR 0.9 billion from the respective quarter of the previous year. Correspondingly, consolidated expenditure decreased by EUR 0.1 billion. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of general government improved by EUR 0.9 billion. Total revenue decreased by 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. Total expenditure declined by 1.4 per cent from the previous quarter. In the first quarter of 2016, the general government deficit (net borrowing) stood at EUR 0.7 billion. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s statistics on general government revenue and expenditure by quarter. General government is comprised of central government, local government and social security funds.

General government’s net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend

 General government’s net lending (+) / net borrowing (-), trend

Changes from the respective quarter of the year before

Examinations of year-on-year changes are made with figures unadjusted for seasonal variation. In the first quarter, central government's total revenue amounted to EUR 12.6 billion and total expenditure was EUR 14.4 billion. Central government's total revenue went up by 3.7 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. Correspondingly, total expenditure decreased by 3.4 per cent. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit went down by EUR 1.0 billion and amounted to EUR 1.8 billion.

Local government's total revenue was EUR 12.3 billion in the first quarter. It decreased by 0.7 per cent from the respective quarter of the year before. The revenue items that grew most were income taxes received and sales of non-market products. In turn, current transfers and capital transfers received decreased among revenue items. Local government's total expenditure was EUR 11.8 billion in the first quarter. It went up by 0.7 per cent. The expenditure items that grew most were social transfers in kind purchased from the market and gross fixed capital formation. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the local government surplus (net lending) went down from the previous year EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 0.5 billion.

Social security funds include employment pension schemes and other social security funds. In the first quarter, employment pension schemes' total revenue amounted to EUR 6.9 billion and total expenditure was EUR 6.2 billion. Total revenue decreased by EUR 0.02 billion or by 0.3 per cent from the corresponding quarter in the year before and total expenditure increased by EUR 0.04 billion or by 0.6 per cent. The revenue item that decreased most was actual received interest and the expenditure item that grew the most was paid social benefits other than social transfers in kind. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the surplus (net lending) of employment pension schemes went down by EUR 0.06 billion from one year back and amounted to EUR 0.7 billion.

Other social security funds' total revenue was EUR 4.8 billion in the first quarter. Total revenue increased by 4.7 per cent from the corresponding quarter of one year ago. The expenditure of other social security funds amounted to EUR 4.8 billion, which was 0.8 per cent higher than one year ago. The revenue items that grew most were social contributions received, and in expenditure, paid social benefits other than social transfers in kind. The difference between revenue and expenditure, that is, the deficit (net borrowing) of social security funds was EUR eight million in the first quarter.

Changes from the previous quarter

Examinations of changes from the previous quarter are made with seasonally adjusted figures. Central government's total revenue diminished by 2.0 per cent from the previous quarter. Respectively, central government's total expenditure fell by 2.2 per cent from the previous quarter.

Local government's total revenue went down by 0.1 per cent from the previous quarter. Local government's total expenditure decreased by 0.6 per cent from the previous quarter.

Employment pension schemes' total revenue went down by 0.7 per cent and total expenditure by 1.6 per cent from the previous quarter. Current transfers within general government diminished most among expenditure items. Other social security funds' total revenue increased by 1.8 per cent and total expenditure decreased by 1.5 per cent from the previous quarter.

The data for the two latest years are preliminary and will become revised as annual national accounts data are revised. Seasonally adjusted and trend time series have been calculated with the Tramo/Seats method. The seasonal adjustment software JDemetra+ is used starting from the first quarter of 2016. Seasonally adjusted and trend time series always become revised against new observations irrespective of whether the original time series becomes revised or not. Further information on the seasonal adjustment method:: http://www.tilastokeskus.fi/til/tramo_seats_en.html As the time series of annual national accounts become revised, the time series of this set of statistics will also be revised. These data are based on the data sources available by 13 June 2016. The data will be next revised on 23 September 2016


Source: General government revenue and expenditure,1st quarter 2016. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jouni Pulkka 029 551 3532, Teuvo Laukkarinen 029 551 3315, rahoitus.tilinpito@stat.fi

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