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Published: 4 July 2007

General government net financial assets grew further in the first quarter of 2007

General government total net financial assets grew during the first quarter of 2007 by EUR 2.7 billion and reached a total of EUR 113.8 billion. General government net financial assets, i.e. the difference between financial assets and liabilities, have been growing for some years already and the growth has been clear especially during the two past years with EUR 20.6 billion growth recorded in 2005 and again in 2006. Roughly three fourths of the growth is due to the risen value of central government's and social security funds' financial assets, holdings in particular.

In the first quarter of 2007 the value of central government's shares and other equity rose by EUR 1.2 billion due to exchange rate changes, whereas the value of the shares and other equity owned by employment pension schemes went down by EUR 2.2 billion due to exchange rate changes. Roughly 80 per cent of central government holdings are domestic, but slightly more than 60 per cent of employment pension schemes' investments in shares and other equity are foreign.

Employment pension schemes' shares and other equity

Source: General government financial accounts. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 4.7.2007

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): General government financial accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-1964. 1st quarter 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.4.2024].
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