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Finland's energy consumption declines

Rising prices as well as mild weather contributed to a 10 percent overall decrease in energy use during the first half of the year.

Finland imported around 19 percent less electricity during the first half of the year and replaced those imports with domestically-sourced wind and nuclear power, which increased by 52 percent. Image: Tommi Parkkinen / Yle

A rise in energy prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine led to significant reductions in Finland's use of energy.

Overall, during the first six months of the year the country's energy consumption declined by 10 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics Finland.

However, the agency noted that relatively mild weather conditions and a four-month strike by paper worker union members contributed to the decrease, particularly during the first quarter of the year.

Out of all energy sources, natural gas (LNG) saw the biggest decrease, with a reduction of 46 percent, year-on-year.

However, as current EU sanctions exclude gas, Finland still continues to import some of its LNG from Russia. Yle News' podcast All Points North examined the arrangement last week.

Diesel consumption declined by four percent and petrol usage was down by seven percent. Regarding renewables, the consumption of wood fuels declined by 23 percent.

During the first half of the year Finland's overall electricity consumption was 42 TWh, or five percent less than the same period last year. Finland also imported around 19 percent less electricity during that period and it replaced those imports with domestically-sourced wind and nuclear power, which increased by 52 percent.

Nuclear power production in Finland grew by seven percent, mostly due to the start-up of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor. The share of power that the reactor provides Finland will continue to grow when it regularly operates at full capacity.

This week's episode of All Points North explores the security considerations following Finland's decision to restrict the entry of Russian tourists. You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, on Spotify or via the options found in this article.

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