Published: 31 October 2018

Foreign direct investments from Finland decreased slightly in 2017

At the end of 2017, the value of the stock of outward FDI was EUR 102.7 billion, of which equity accounted for EUR 114.5 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR -11.8 billion. The investment stock went down by EUR 0.2 billion year-on-year. In 2017, the net amount of FDI from Finland amounted to EUR -0.3 billion.

FDI investment portfolio in 2005 to 2017.

FDI investment portfolio in 2005 to 2017.
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 2017, the value of FDIs to Finland totalled EUR 73.5 billion, of which equity accounted for EUR 69.8 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR 3.6 billion. In 2017, Finland's inward FDI totalled EUR -0.6 billion on net, which is clearly less than in 2016, when the net inflow of Finland’s FDI was EUR 8.4 billion.

Examined by country group, investments from Finland are mainly directed to the EU area, whose combined share of the investment stock was 86 per cent at the end of 2017. The share of the countries belonging to the euro area in the stock of outward FDI was 54 per cent.

In 2017, returns on inward FDI amounted in total to EUR 8.0 billion and on outward FDI to EUR 7.2 billion. Returns gained by Finland relative to the value of FDI grew from the previous year. In 2017, the rate of return was 7.8 per cent, having been 9.0 per cent in 2015.

This release includes a review that examines in more detail the development of foreign direct investments in 2017.


Source: Foreign direct investments 2017, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Riikka Tupala 029 551 3349, balanceofpayments@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 31.10.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign direct investments [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-351X. 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.11.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/ssij/2017/ssij_2017_2018-10-31_tie_001_en.html