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Finnish affiliates abroad

Producer: Statistics Finland
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Main topic: Enterprises
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


The statistics describe the global location of Finnish enterprises’ activities and the significance of these activities abroad. The statistics produce data which enable an assessment of the level of globalisation of Finland's economy, the effect of the European Union’s internal market on Finnish business activities and the global competitiveness of Finnish-owned enterprises. The statistics are based on Regulation (EC) No 716/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Data content

The statistics produce annual data on the number, activities and location of Finnish enterprises’ affiliates and branches abroad. Data on the turnover, number of persons employed, personnel costs and gross investments of the affiliates or branches are available by country of location or group of countries and economic activity. Furthermore, data on value added and the imports and exports of goods and services both intra-group and in total have been collected for the year 2007 as a one-off action. The majority of the data collected for these statistics are required by the EU Regulation. The basic data are confidential.

Classifications used

Standard Industrial Classification (TOL 2008) and the country classification.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are collected from enterprises located in Finland that have an affiliate or branch abroad. Such enterprises are identified with the help of the Enterprise Group Register maintained by Statistics Finland. The data are collected as a total survey.

Data collections

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

Data are released yearly approximately nine months from the end of the statistical reference year. Exact release dates are reported in the Release Calender at

Time series

Comparable data are available since 2007.

In the years 1996-2006 the Bank of Finland collected data on the turnover of Finnish enterprises’ affiliates abroad and their number of personnel. These data are not directly comparable with Statistics Finland's data.


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Last updated 23.11.2011