Published: 30 November 2017

Foreign direct investments from Finland increased in 2016

At the end of 2016, the value of outward FDI stock was EUR 105.4 billion, of which equity accounted for EUR 112.8 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR -7.4 billion. The investment stock grew by EUR 18.6 billion year-on-year. In 2016, the net amount of FDI from Finland amounted to EUR 23.2 billion. The high level was primarily due to corporate acquisitions.

FDI stock 2004 to 2016.

FDI stock 2004 to 2016.
¹) Starting from 2013, the figures are not fully comparable with those for 2004 to 2012 due to changes in the international statistical standard.

At the end of 2016, the stock of inward FDI totalled EUR 76.6 billion, of which equity accounted for EUR 67.4 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR 9.2 billion. In 2016, net inward FDI flow totalled EUR 10.5 billion, which is clearly more than in 2015, when the net inflow of Finland’s FDI was EUR 1.3 billion.

Foreign direct investments from Finland are mainly directed to the EU area, whose combined share of the investment stock was 83 per cent at the end of 2016. The share of euro area countries was 51 per cent in the outward FDI stock.

In 2016, returns on outward FDI amounted in total to EUR 8.9 billion and on FDI to EUR 5.2 billion. Returns gained by Finland relative to the value of FDI grew from the previous year. In 2016, the rate of return was 8.4 per cent, having been 7.7 per cent in 2015.

This release includes a review that examines in more detail the development of foreign direct investments in 2016.


Source: Foreign direct investments 2016, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Kristian Taskinen 029 551 2238, Johannes Nykänen 029 551 3641, balanceofpayments@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 30.11.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign direct investments [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-351X. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 14.12.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/ssij/2016/ssij_2016_2017-11-30_tie_001_en.html

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