Published: 21 March 2018

Number of farms continued falling

The number of active farms has decreased continuously throughout the statistical reference period starting from 2004. As a whole, the number of active farms has fallen by 31 per cent between 2004 and 2016. The biggest decline in the number of farms concerns farms engaged in pig farming, around 65 per cent. In general, the number of farms engaged in animal farming has fallen faster than the number of farms focusing on plant production. These data derive from the 2016 statistics on the finances of agricultural and forestry enterprises published now.

Development of the number of farms by production sector in 2004 to 2016

Development of the number of farms by production sector in 2004 to 2016

In the review, agriculture and forestry are examined separately. The results of agricultural enterprises are examined in Section 1 of the review. In 2016, the number of active agricultural enterprises taxed on the basis of the act on the income tax of agriculture was in all 47,361 and the average result gained by them from agriculture was around EUR 17,500. The result in agriculture is the item in farm enterprises’ financial statements which is transferred to the owner of the enterprise as personal earned and capital income from agriculture. Information based on personal tax data is given in Section 2 of the review and statistics on private forestry in Section 3.


Source: Statistics on the finances of agricultural and forestry enterprises, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Juhapekka Kyllönen 029 551 2917

Director in charge: Sami Saarikivi


Updated 21.3.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on the finances of agricultural and forestry enterprises [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-320X. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 10.12.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/mmtal/2016/mmtal_2016_2018-03-21_tie_001_en.html