Drawdowns of new loans to non-financial corporations were exceptionally brisk in December 2021, totalling EUR 6.5 bn. This was the largest amount ever within a single month. The average interest rate on new corporate loan drawdowns declined distinctively from November and stood at 0.75%. In December, drawdowns of large loans,. i.e. loans of over EUR 1 million, totalled EUR 5.9 bn, accounting for 91% of all corporate loan drawdowns. The average interest rate on new large loans was 0.59% in December. Companies that took out new loans operated mainly in the energy and manufacturing sector.
At the end of December 2021, the stock of loans to non-financial corporations granted by banks operating in Finland totalled EUR 59.8 bn. The corporate loan stock was about EUR 1.5 bn larger than at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, but smaller than, for example, in May 2020, when it amounted to 60.8 bn. The loan stock grew rapidly at the beginning of the pandemic, but contracted from June 2020 onwards. In December 2021, the corporate loan stock grew notably from November (by EUR 2.2 bn), and at the same time the annual rate of change of the stock turned positive. In December 2021, the corporate loan stock grew at an annual rate of 1.4%.
Concurrent with the substantial amount of loan drawdowns, the stock of corporate deposits grew by EUR 3.8 bn on November. At the end of December 2021, the stock of deposits placed by Finnish non-financial corporations stood at EUR 50.3 bn, of which overnight deposits accounted for EUR 49.1 bn. In December, the average interest rate on the deposits was -0.09%.
Finnish households drew down EUR 1.8 bn of new housing loans in December 2021, down EUR 100 million on the same month last year. Of the new housing loans, buy-to-let mortgages accounted for 9.9%. At the end of December 2021, the stock of housing loans stood at EUR 107.0 bn, and the annual growth rate of the stock was 4.1%. Buy-to-let mortgages accounted for 8.1% of the housing loan stock. Out of all loans of Finnish households at end-December, consumer credit totalled EUR 16.8 bn and other loans EUR 17.9 bn.
Drawdowns of new loans by housing corporations in December 2021 totalled EUR 680 million. The average interest rate on these declined from November and was 1.26%. At the end of December, the stock of loans to housing corporations stood at EUR 39.5 bn.
The stock of Finnish households’ deposits at end-December 2021 stood at EUR 109 bn, and the average interest rate on the deposits was 0.03%. Overnight deposits accounted for EUR 100.1 bn and deposits with agreed maturity for EUR 2.2 bn of the deposit stock. In December, Finnish households concluded EUR 53 million of new agreements on deposits with agreed maturity, at an average interest rate of 0.26%.
Loans and deposits to Finland, preliminary data
|October, EUR million||November, EUR million||December, EUR million||December, 12-month change1, %||Average interest rate, %|
|Loans to households, stock||141,052||141,390||141,719||4,0||1,30|
|- of which housing loans||106,329||106,688||106,997||4,1||0,78|
|- of which buy-to-let mortgages||8,528||8,574||8,641||0,91|
|Loans to non-financial corporations2, stock||96,439||97,044||99,337||3,2||1,21|
|Deposits by households, stock||110,163||109,093||109,006||5,6||0,03|
|Households' new drawdowns of housing loans||1,884||1,931||1,807||0,77|
|- of which buy-to-let mortgages||175||180||179||0,94|
* Includes loans and deposits in all currencies to residents in Finland. The statistical releases of the Bank of Finland up to January 2021, as well as those of the ECB, present loans and deposits in euro to euro area residents and also include non-profit institutions serving households. For these reasons, the figures in this table differ from those in the aforementioned releases.
1 Rate of change has been calculated from monthly differences in levels adjusted for classification and other revaluation changes.
2 Non-financial corporations also include housing corporations.
- Euro-denominated deposits and loans of euro area residents: stock, 12 month rate of change and average interest rate
- Euro-denominated loans and deposits of Finnish households
- New business on loans and new drawdowns of household loans
- Finnish contribution to the euro area monetary aggregates and their main counterparts
- Imputed interest rate margins on loans from MFIs
For further information, please contact:
Ville Tolkki, tel. +358 9 183 2420, email: ville.tolkki(at)bof.fi
Antti Hirvonen, tel. +358 9 183 2121, email: antti.hirvonen(at)bof.fi
The next news release on money and banking statistics will be published at 10 a.m. on 28 February 2022.
Related statistical data and graphs are also available on the Bank of Finland website at https://www.suomenpankki.fi/en/Statistics/mfi-balance-sheet/.
 Excl. housing corporations.
 Excl. housing corporations.