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Country Forecast Finland Updater

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

The prime minister, Jyrki Katainen of the National Coalition Party (Conservatives, or KOK), leads a six-party government. The coalition represents a wide spectrum of opinion from left to right, and a joint programme focused on holding down the government deficit has required difficult compromise. The Economist Intelligence Unit's central forecast is that the government will last for its entire four-year term to 2015, but the risk of collapse is significant. The Finns (PS), a right-wing party that emerged as a major force at the April 2011 general election, did not join the coalition, owing to its opposition to euro zone bail-outs.

Finnish support for future moves to maintain the euro zone cannot be taken for granted. The PS and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which is in government, are wary of loans for weaker euro zone countries. Finland secured collateral for its contributions to the second Greek bail-out in early 2012, and to the bail-out of Spanish banks in late 2012 and early 2013. Finland signed the EU fiscal treaty in March 2012, despite constitutional concerns raised by the SDP.

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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

Outlook for 2014-18: Policy trends

Outlook for 2014-18: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Economic growth

Outlook for 2014-18: Inflation

Outlook for 2014-18: Exchange rates

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

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

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