Bank of Finland articles on the economy
Bank of Finland Bulletin 3/2020 - Economic forecast for the Finnish economy
Published 9 Jun 2020
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Bank of Finland Bulletin 2/2020 - Financial stability
Published 20 May 2020
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The worst-case scenario in the corona spring did not materialise, but we will still need stamina for the long haul9 June 2020, Bank of Finland Bulletin 3/2020
Healthy public finances provide an irreplaceable shield when we hit hard times. It is important to focus the fiscal policy stimulus effectively and take forward structural reforms. Finland’s labour market, too, has a vital role to play as the economy enters the recovery phase.
Regulation has strengthened the financial system’s resilience5 May 2020, Bank of Finland Bulletin 2/2020
Financial institutions' solvency and liquidity positions have been strengthened since the global financial crisis. A well-functioning banking sector together with government relief measures will bolster the economy's outset for growth once the crisis subsides.
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Finnish growth will continue, but at a slower pace than in recent years. There is no returning to the growth rate that preceded the financial crisis.
Rainy-day buffers ought to be strengthened during years of solid growth, so that fiscal space is available for tackling future recessions and other unwelcome surprises.
Weak productivity growth raises domestic production costs and hinders the competiveness of export firms as well as economic growth.
Weak productivity developments are being caused by structural changes in the economy, such as the decline of ICT manufacturing, and by the slowing of productivity growth within industries themselves.
The number of low-productivity firms in Finland is large, but average productivity is being raised by a small pack of frontrunners. Even in such frontier firms, productivity growth is mostly torpid.
Finland’s debt-to-GDP ratio doubled after the financial crisis. This trajectory is now on the decline, but population aging will raise public expenditure, and threatens to tilt the debt ratio upwards.
Finns have consumed at levels above their incomes, accumulating more debt than new wealth. Household saving is nevertheless similar to that of the other Nordic countries.
The macroprudential toolkit needs to be replenished with borrower-based instruments that take into account loan applicants’ repayment ability and are able to curtail household indebtedness as a whole.
Forecast tables for the Finnish economy in 2018–2021 (December 2018).
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