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Official Statistics of Finland

Economy-wide material flow accounts

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Mining of minerals and soil materials increased domestic material consumption in 2020
18 Nov 2021
A total of 184 million tonnes of natural resources were taken into use in Finland in 2020 Domestic material consumption grew by close on five per cent from the previous year and the volume was highest since 2013. The growth was particularly due to increased use of minerals and soil materials - their combined share of direct inputs of natural resources was 63 per cent.

Description: Economy-wide material flow accounts describe in units of mass (tonnes) the volume of materials extracted, transferred or transformed from nature. This volume of materials and its ratio to other National Accounts aggregates describes the material dependency of the national economy and the pressures economic activities impose on the environment. The main interest lies in the development of the ratio between GDP and the volume of materials required to generate it. Economy-wide material flow accounts sum up the flows of used materials, such as stone, oil and wood. However, due to the summing up, the total figures of the material flow accounts do not describe direct the weight and nature of the environmental burden caused by economic transactions.
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Economy-wide material flow accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-1289. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.2.2024].
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