Official Statistics of Finland

Research and development

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
Research and development expenditure sank below three per cent of gross domestic product
27 Oct 2016
According to Statistics Finland, research and development expenditure amounted to EUR 6.1 billion in 2015. Expenditure went down by EUR 440 million from the year before. Business enterprises' investments in product development decreased by EUR 360 million or good eight per cent, the electrical and electronics industry dropped by EUR 440 million. In the university sector, RD expenditure remained almost unchanged, but in the research institutes and other public sector, the relative decrease in RD expenditure was larger than that of enterprises, EUR 70 million or over 11 per cent.

Next release:
26 Oct 2017

Description: The statistics on research and development describe the resources used for research, and for product and process development. R&D data are examined by sector, region and sub-regional unit. The statistics are based on data obtained from enterprises, universities, central university hospitals, polytechnics and public sector organisations. The OECD and EU recommendations are observed in the compilation of the statistics. The Statistics Act (280/2004) is applied in the production of the statistics on science and technology (incl. research and development). In addition, Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 requires collection of data and steers the compilation of the statistics.
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Keywords: business enterprises, expenditure, information society, institutions of higher education, product development, research activities, research expenditure, research institutes, universities.
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Change: The statistical release "Research and development 2009, final report" has been cancelled
01 Dec 2010
The statistical release "Research and development 2009, final report" scheduled for 9 December 2010 has been cancelled because the statistical release "Research and development 2009" published on 28 October 2010 already contained corresponding data.

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Research and development [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-6721. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.10.2017].
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