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Finns optimistic about economy

Consumer confidence is up, according to Statistics Finland's most recent survey. More than a third of Finnish residents believe that the domestic economy will grow this year -- in December only a quarter were so optimistic.

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For a change, consumer confidence has improved. The Consumer Confidence Indicator (CCI) is at 8.2 in January 2016 compared with 2.4 in December 2015.

The findings are based on Statistics Finland’s Consumer Survey, for which 1,240 residents of Finland were interviewed between January 4 and 19.

According to the survey, many people expressed an interest in consumer purchases over saving money for the first time in a long time.

In January, residents of the Greater Helsinki area expressed a more optimistic view of the Finnish economy than those living in other parts of the country. Throughout Finland, high-level salaried employees were more optimistic than pensioners, who held a more negative view about future economic development.

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