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Latest publication: Consumer price index 2022, February

Published: 15 December 2008

Inflation slowed down to 3.6 per cent in November

The year-on-year change in consumer prices, i.e. inflation, calculated by Statistics Finland slowed down to 3.6 per cent in November. Still in October it was 4.4 per cent. Inflation was held back by fallen prices of liquid fuels.

Consumer prices were pushed up most in the year by increases in the prices of food and housing. Food prices went up primarily due to risen prices of dairy products, meat and grain products. Housing costs were pushed up by rises in energy prices, rents and interest rates. Inflation was also influenced by risen prices of restaurant and café services, and increases in the retail prices of alcoholic beverages from last year's November. The rising of consumer prices was curbed most in November by fallen prices of liquid fuels, passenger cars, entertainment electronics and computers.

From October to November, consumer prices fell by 0.5 per cent, mainly due to lowered prices of liquid fuels.

Each mid-month, Statistics Finland interviewers collect around 50,000 prices on 497 commodities from approximately 2,700 outlets for the Consumer Price Index. In addition, some 1,000 items of price data are gathered by centralised collection.

Finland's inflation indicators, November 2008

  Point figure Year-on-year change Month-on-month change

Consumer Price Index 2005=100




Cost-of-living Index 1951:10=100

1 741

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 2005=100




According to preliminary data, inflation in the EMU countries was 2.1 per cent in November

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the EMU countries was 2.1 per cent in November. In October it stood at 3.2 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland in November was 3.5 per cent.

The Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices does not include owner-occupancy, games of chance, interests of consumption and other credits or levies such as the vehicle tax. The consumption items included in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices as well the rules governing its compilation have been defined in EU regulations.

Eurostat's estimate of inflation in the EMU area is based on preliminary data from EMU Member States and on the price development of energy. Eurostat will publish detailed data on Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices for November on 17 December.

Source: Consumer Price Index 2008, November. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Juhani Pekkarinen +358 9 1734 3476, Ms Christina Telasuo +358 9 1734 3472
Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices: Christina Telasuo +358 9 1734 3472

Director in charge: Mr Kari Molnar


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Last updated 15.12.2008

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumer price index [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0254. November 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.7.2022].
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