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Published: 20 February 2009

Cubic volume of granted building permits decreased by 11 per cent in 2008

In 2008, building permits were granted for a total of 50 million cubic metres, which is 11 per cent less from one year ago. Cubic volumes went down in all building types apart from public service buildings. The biggest decrease was recorded in the cubic volume of permits granted to commercial and office buildings. Building permits were granted to some 27,000 new dwellings, which is nearly one-fifth less than in 2007.

In December 2008 the volume of granted building permits was 3.7 million cubic metres, which is one-third more than in December 2007. The cubic volume of industrial and warehouse buildings and agricultural buildings increased clearly from the previous year. By contrast, the number of building permits granted to residential buildings decreased from December 2007.

Granted building permits, December and January-December 2008

  December
1,000 m3
Change, %
12/2007 -
12/2008
January-December
1,000 m3
Change, %
1-12/2007 -
1-12//2008
All buildings 3,684 32 50,117 -11
- residential buildings 465 -21 11,650 -20
- free-time residential buildings 84 73 1,439 -5
- commercial and office buildings 259 -44 9,140 -26
- public service buildings 97 -31 3,041 20
- industrial and warehouse buildings 1,678 39 16,231 -1
- agricultural buildings 950 311 5,257 -3
- other buildings 152 29 3,358 -11
Dwellings, number 1,202 -18 26,840 -18

These data derive from the preliminary data of Statistics Finland's statistics on building permits, which are based on notifications submitted by municipal building supervision authorities about building projects subject to building permits.

Source: Granted building permits, 2008, December. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Kristian Taskinen +358 9 1734 2238, rakennus.suhdanne@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala


Last updated 20.2.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Building permits [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-4327. December 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.12.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rl/2008/12/rl_2008_12_2009-02-20_tie_001_en.html