Research Briefing | Dec 16, 2021

Unchanged growth for Finland, as weaker activity in the near-term will be reversed later in the year

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Our forecast for Finland’s GDP growth is 3.5% this year before a slowdown to 2.3% in 2022, both unchanged from last month. Growth in Q3 was revised down marginally to 0.8%, although the economy is comfortably above pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic has re-emerged as the key downside risk to the near-term outlook, due to surging new cases and the Omicron variant.

What you will learn:

  • As previous quarters were revised up slightly, the small downward revision to Q3 GDP does not affect the full-year average.
  • Consumer confidence in November continued to fall from the multi-year high in September, when all pandemic restrictions were lifted.
  • The employment rate has already recovered to its pre-pandemic level and the unemployment rate was down to 6.7% in October, while companies in construction and industry report large labour shortages.

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