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FDI from Finland decreases in 2017

FDI from Finland decreases in 2017

The value of the stock of outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was EUR 102.7 billion at the end of 2017, of which equity accounted for EUR 114.5 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR -11.8 billion.

The investment stock went down by EUR 0.2 billion year-on-year. In 2017, the net amount of FDI from Finland amounted to EUR minus 0.3 billion, said an official press release.

At the end of 2017, the value of FDIs to Finland totalled EUR 73.5 billion, of which equity accounted for EUR 69.8 billion and the value of debt capital for EUR 3.6 billion.

In 2017, Finland’s inward FDI totalled EUR minus 0.6 billion on net, which is clearly less than in 2016, when the net inflow of Finland’s FDI was EUR 8.4 billion.

Examined by country group, investments from Finland are mainly directed to the EU area, whose combined share of the investment stock was 86 per cent at the end of 2017. The share of the countries belonging to the euro area in the stock of outward FDI was 54 per cent.

In 2017, returns on inward FDI amounted in total to EUR 8.0 billion and on outward FDI to EUR 7.2 billion. Returns gained by Finland relative to the value of FDI grew from the previous year. In 2017, the rate of return was 7.8 per cent, having been 9.0 per cent in 2015.