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Inward and outward portfolio investment decreased in 2013
Foreign investment in Finnish securities totalled EUR 10.5 bn in 2013, compared with porftolio investment inflows of EUR 25 bn in 2012. The decrease in foreign investors' investment in Finnish assets can mainly be attributed to reduced investment flows in bonds.
Finnish investors' portfolio investment in foreign securities amounted to EUR 7.9 bn in 2013, while investment outflows of EUR 15.8 bn were recorded in the previous year. Reduced outward investment flows into foreign debt securities were the main contributor to the decrease in foreign portfolio investment by Finnish investors.
In net terms, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Finland amounted to EUR -0.8 bn in 2013. This means that foreign investors' capital injections into Finnish enterprises lagged behind repatriations of capital. A year earlier Finland recorded a net FDI inflow of EUR 3.2 bn.
According to preliminary data, Finland’s FDI outflows amounted to EUR 3 bn in 2013, which was EUR 2.8 bn less than in the previous year.
At end-2013, Finnish residents' FDI claims totalled EUR 117.7 bn and FDI liabilities EUR 73.5 bn.
A current account deficit of EUR 2.1 bn was still recorded in 2013, but the deficit decreased from the previous year. In BOP terms, there was a surplus of EUR 0.1 bn in the balance of trade .
Foreign trade in services showed a surplus of EUR 0.4 bn on the back of a decrease in services import. The income account posted a deficit of EUR 0.5 bn. Net investment income outflows totalled EUR 0.6 billion.
Balance of payments in January 2014
In January, a current account deficit of EUR 0.4 bn was recorded and, in balance of payments (BOP) terms, the trade account posted a deficit of EUR 0.3 bn.
There was net capital inflow of EUR 8 bn, consisting of:
Net international investment position at end-January
Foreign assets exceeded foreign liabilities by EUR 23 bn.
Net international investment position – excluding equity items – was a negative EUR 69 bn.
Finland's balance of payments
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