Published: 24 September 2014

Finland's net international investment position diminished in 2013

Finland's decreasing net international investment position was mostly affected by the increase in the Finnish portfolio investment liabilities in 2013.

Financial account and international investment position

In 2013, inward capital flow on net to Finland was EUR 2.5 billion. At the end of the year, Finlands’s net international investment position was EUR 17.7 billion, having been EUR 29.2 billion one year earlier. Exchange rate and other valuation changes also lowered net international investment position by EUR 9.0 billion. The net international investment position of the non-financial corporations decreased most, because portfolio investment liabilities grew by EUR 19.9 billion in 2013.

Net international investment position by sector in 2006 to 2013, EUR billion

Net international investment position by sector in 2006 to 2013, EUR billion

Portfolio investments

Foreign investors purchased Finnish securities to the total value of EUR 14.4 billion in 2013. Correspondingly, Finnish investors acquired foreign securities with the total value of EUR 9.0 billion. Inward portfolio investment amounted to EUR 5.4 billion on net.

Direct investments

At the end of 2013, direct investment assets on gross amounted to at EUR 141.6 billion and correspondingly, liabilities at EUR 94.1 billion. During 2013, assets decreased by EUR 3.7 billion and liabilities by 9.7 billion.

Current account

In 2013, the current account showed a deficit of EUR 2.9 billion, while in 2012 it was EUR 3.9 billion in deficit. The deficit was particularly effected by services and secondary income account. In balance of payment terms, the trade account was mildly positive. The services account showed a deficit of EUR 1.7 billion.


Source: Balance of payments and international investment position, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mira Malhotra 029 551 3411, Tapio Kuusisto 029 551 3318, balanceofpayments@stat.fi.

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Balance of payments and international investment position [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-348X. 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.11.2019].
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