Bank of Finland articles on the economy
Bank of Finland Bulletin 4/2018 - Monetary policy and the global economy
Published 18 Oct 2018
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Bank of Finland Bulletin 3/2018 - Economic forecast for the Finnish economy
Published 6 Jul 2018
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Monetary policy normalisation to proceed carefully and with measured pace4 Oct 2018, Bank of Finland Bulletin 4/2018
In times of uncertainty, prudence is justified in the normalisation of monetary policy.
Monetary policy remains accommodative, net asset purchases about to end6 July 2018, Bank of Finland Bulletin 3/2018
Finland’s public finances have gathered strength; the general government deficit has shrunk and the ratio of public debt to GDP has begun to contract. Yet determined efforts are still required to address the challenges to fiscal sustainability in the long term.
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Throughout 2016–2018 the Finnish economy will grow by around 1% per annum and investment will finally begin to increase. With exports still sluggish, however, growth will depend on domestic demand. Inflation will be slow throughout the forecast period.
House prices in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area have long been rising faster than in the rest of Finland. Developments have been influenced by regulatory controls and the low interest rates on housing loans.
Among the set of new firms there are those known as ’gazelles’, firms that rapidly increase their employment. This small group of high-growth firms generates a disproportionate share of new jobs.
Finland is now facing problems similar to those with which Japan has already struggled for more than a decade. The population is ageing and the public finances are moving deeper into debt.
While the income uncertainty of Finnish households has not seen any major changes, there are big differences between age-groups and occupations.
Achievement of the employment objective in the Government programme will require GDP growth of 1.3 percentage points faster than estimated in the Bank of Finland’s baseline forecast.
During the forecast years 2016–2018, growth in the advanced economies will continue at a moderate pace.
Precise information on the current state of the economy comes only with a considerable time delay, although many economic decisions require the support of real-time data. Before official statistics are released, the situation is nowcast using short-term forecasting models.
According to the most recent quarterly national accounts, real GDP in the first quarter of 2016 grew by 0.6% quarter on quarter and 1.6% year on year.
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