The average interest rate on new housing loans stood at 0.87% in March 2022. The average interest rate has risen clearly (0.15 percentage points) during the last two months. The average interest has not been this high since November 2018. Interest rates on both owner-occupied housing loans and investment property loans have risen. The average interest rate on new owner-occupied housing loans stood at 0.85% in March 2022. At the same time, the interest rate on investment property loans was higher, at 1.05%.
The most common reference rate for housing loans, the 12-month Euribor, was still negative in March 2022, but it rose to positive levels in April 2021, for the first time in a long while. Recently, the average interest rate on new housing loans is estimated to have been raised by the increasing popularity of interest rate hedges. Households can prepare for future changes in interest rates by interest rate hedging. Over the past year-half, interest rates on new housing loans have risen across almost all payback periods. As a rule, the interest rates on longer housing loans have risen somewhat more.
In March 2022, the volume of new housing loan drawdowns was EUR 1.9 billion, which is 8% less than a year earlier but 12% more than two years ago, at the onset of the pandemic. Investment property loans accounted for EUR 160 million of the new housing loans. At the end of March 2022, Finnish households had a total of EUR 107.3 billion of housing loans, including EUR 8.8 billion of investment property loans. The annual growth of the stock of investment properties (7.8%) was faster than that of the stock of owner-occupied housing loans (3.2%).
At the end of March 2022, Finnish households’ loan stock included EUR 16.7 billion of consumer credit and EUR 18.2 billion of other loans.
In March, Finnish households drew down new loans worth EUR 3.0 billion, including EUR 530 million of housing corporations’ loans. The average interest rate on new corporate-loan drawdowns declined from February, to 1.4%. At the end of March, the stock of loans granted to Finnish non-financial corporations was EUR 100.0 billion, whereof loans to housing corporations accounted for EUR 40.2 billion.
At the end of March 2022, the stock of Finnish households’ deposits totalled EUR 110.6 billion, and the average interest rate on these deposits was 0.03%. Overnight deposits accounted for EUR 101.7 billion and deposits with agreed maturity for EUR 2.1 billion of the total deposit stock. In March, Finnish households made new deposits agreements with an agreed maturity in the amount of EUR 63 million. The average interest rate on these new term deposits was 0.41%.
|Loans and deposits to Finland, preliminary data|
|January, EUR million||February, EUR million||March, EUR million||March, 12-month change1, %||Average interest rate, %|
|Loans to households, stock||142,023||142,098||142,308||3,7||1,30|
|- of which housing loans||107,051||107,134||107,279||3,6||0,80|
|- of which buy-to-let mortgages||8,686||8,732||8,762||0,92|
|Loans to non-financial corporations2, stock||98,959||99,417||100,000||3,9||1,20|
|Deposits by households, stock||109,409||110,238||110,603||5,5||0,03|
|Households' new drawdowns of housing loans||1,419||1,668||1,909||0,87|
|- of which buy-to-let mortgages||148||166||156||1,05|
* 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,
Markus Aaltonen, tel. +358 9 831 2395, email: markus.aaltonen(at)bof.fi.
The next news release on money and banking statistics will be published at 10:00 on 31 May 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/.
 The average interest rate is affected by the cost of interest rate hedging. It is not possible to single out interest-rate hedged loans in the banking statistics.
 Excl. overdrafts and credit card credit.