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Published: 18 December 2014

Swedish enterprises employed especially in the service industries

Around 71,000 persons worked for Swedish enterprises in 2013, a majority of them in service industries. Foreign affiliates in services industries employed in total around 100,000 persons of whom nearly one-half worked for Swedish enterprises. The data are based on Statistics Finland's statistics on foreign affiliates in Finland, which were compiled for the first time from the data of the new business statistics system.

Personnel of foreign affiliates 2013

Personnel of foreign affiliates 2013

Foreign affiliates cover 15 to 16 per cent of the personnel of the enterprises operating in Finland (Appendix figure 1). The share has remained roughly at the same level for the past five years. Turnover has, in turn, stabilised around close on 20 per cent. However, the shares vary considerably between industries. In main industries, the shares vary between 5 and 36 per cent (Appendix figure 2). The picture is slightly different if you look at the number of personnel and turnover instead of the shares. Measured like this, affiliates' activities are biggest in wholesale and retail trade, and in manufacturing (Appendix figure 3).

The nationality of an enterprise is recorded based on the institutional unit that controls it. Usually this is an enterprise located abroad that owns over 50 per cent of the enterprise, either directly or indirectly. Swedish enterprises clearly own the largest share of the affiliates located in Finland (Appendix figure 4).

The time series of the statistics is broken

Statistics Finland has renewed its production of business statistics. The data of the statistics on foreign affiliates in Finland in 2013 are, therefore, not comparable with the previous releases of the same statistics. This is clearly visible in the variable "number of affiliates", the value of which is around 500 higher than in the previous year. The increase in the number is the result of the implementation of the new business statistics system and the related renewal of statistical bases. The renewal improves the uniformity of business statistics. The main changes related to the Standard Industrial Classification, harmonisation of business data (e.g. turnover and personnel data) and enterprise reorganisations, as well as deduction rules, with which the enterprise of establishment group of the statistics is formed.

Source: Foreign affiliates in Finland 2013, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Teemu Okkonen 029 551 2634, Anna-Maija Paakki 029 551 3640,

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 18.12.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign affiliates in Finland [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-2552. 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 14.6.2024].
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