Economic trends in construction

The RAKSU group studies trends in construction led by the Ministry of Finance and assesses the development of economic trends in the construction of residential buildings, infrastructure and renovation. The members of the group include key authorities and members of organisations in the field.

The reports of the RAKSU group discuss the economic status of the field throughout the country, and in some areas, also regionally. The reports study the situation from the point of view of volumes, prices, costs and financing as well as employment and the consumption of construction materials. The RAKSU group investigates structural issues and needs for change related to construction over a long period of time. The group also gives recommendations to ensure balanced development in the field of construction.

The RAKSU group expects total construction output to grow by 1–3% this year. Next year the rate of growth is expected to be in the range -1 - +2%. The RAKSU group estimates that construction will start on 32,000–34,000 housing units this year. Next year, it is projected that there will be a few thousand fewer housing starts than the current year. Construction of other buildings will decline from last year as large industrial construction investments are completed.

Civil engineering construction is expected to slow this year to 1–2%. Next year, industrial construction in particular may pick up once again with the possible start-up of planned major softwood pulp mill and nuclear power plant projects, for example. Renovation construction is forecast to grow by 1–2% this year and next.

Regionally, construction will be strongly focused on the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Tampere, but is also expected to develop quite positively in other university locations.

The number of people employed in the construction industry is expected to grow to some extent compared with last year. As growth will be geographically uneven, regional labour shortages may arise.


RAKSU group



Ms Sari Sontag              Ministry of Finance


Ms Johanna Alatalo Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Mr Matti Holopainen Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Mr Ari Huomo Finnish Transport Agency
Mr Kimmo Huovinen The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland ARA
Mr Heikki Jämsä INFRA
Mr Jukka Kero The Finnish Real Estate Federation FREF
Mr Harri Kähkönen Ministry of Finance
Mr Tommi Laanti Ministry of the Environment
Ms Armi Liinamaa Ministry of Finance
Mr Matti Mannonen The Finnish Association of Consulting Firms SKOL
Mr Eero Nippala Tampere University of Applied Sciences TAMK
Ms Paula Paavilainen Statistics Finland
Mr Pekka Pajakkala Forecon Ltd
Mr Sami Pakarinen Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT
Mr Jouni Parkkonen Association for Advocating Affordable Rental Housing KOVA
Mr Mikko Somersalmi The Finnish Accociation of Building Owners and Construction Client RAKLI
Ms Hanna Perälä Ministry of Transport and Communications
Mr Mark Rantala Ministry of Finance
Mr Samuli Rikama Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Ms Elina Selinheimo Ministry of Finance
Mr Juha Vartia Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
Mr Hannu Viertola Bank of Finland




















Contact information

Financial Counsellor
Ms Sari Sontag
+358 2955 30181