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Country Forecast Finland Updater

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Finland
  • 16 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Alexander Stubb replaced Jyrki Katainen as prime minister and head of the National Coalition Party (Conservatives, or KOK) in June 2014. Soon afterwards all five coalition parties agreed a new government programme that prioritises growth over austerity. The budget proposal for 2015, presented in August, also contains new stimulus measures designed to appease the electorate.

Despite divisions within the coalition that led to the withdrawal of the Left Alliance in March 2014, The Economist Intelligence Unit's core forecast is that the government will see out its term until April 2015. At the next election the KOK has a good chance of retaining its position as the senior government party, possibly in coalition with the Centre Party (KESK) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

We expect the general government deficit, which stood at 2.5% of GDP in 2013, to widen to 3% in 2014, before narrowing gradually to reach balance by the end of the forecast period. Rounds of austerity introduced by Mr Katainen's government will be offset to some degree by the stimulus measures in 2015. However, a weaker growth profile than previously forecast means that the public debt/GDP ratio is READ MORE >

Country Forecast Finland Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

Country forecast overview: Finland's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
The labour market

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2014-18: Political stability

Outlook for 2014-18: Election watch

Outlook for 2014-18: International relations

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Outlook for 2014-18: Fiscal policy

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Outlook for 2014-18: Economic growth

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Outlook for 2014-18: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product by sector of origin

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

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Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

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