CFO Survey


The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey

See previous editions of our CFO Surveys.

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey is the longest running survey in Finland that reflects CFO attitudes to the operating environment, valuation, risks, funding, and expectations.

The Deloitte /SEB CFO Survey Fall 2018

Optimism in Finland has fallen back to a more traditional level from the peak seen last year, but it is still high compared to most European countries (only 8% of the Finnish CFOs are less optimistic than in spring compared to 19% in EU). Uncertainty has risen and Finnish CFOs are more cautious on investments. Companies prefer using cash surplus to pay down debt. The highest rise in uncertainty is in UK (89%) and Germany (87%).

Autumn 2018

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2018

The spring 2018 shows a continuous trend of positive sentiment towards business prospects in Finland. Unlike most Central European counterparts, Nordic CFOs estimate that the positive business cycle will not soon be over. However, there are signals that we are reaching home stretch of the cycle. In central Europe, CFOs are increasingly concerned about the growth’s stability and believe that the uncertainty facing their business will increase during the next 12 months.

Spring 2018

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2017

Business confidence has been improving throughout Europe in the past six months, but no other countries stand as strong in their optimism as France and Finland. 75 % of Finnish CFOs are more optimistic than they were in the spring.

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Fall 2017

The Deloitte / SEB CFO Survey Spring 2017

After the economically and politically treacherous winter period, the first quarter survey indicates Finnish CFOs are adamant in their beliefs that their prospects have turned significantly for the better. The weak signals from our third quarter 2016 survey are growing louder, marking the record setting pace in optimism. Optimism is higher than ever in our survey’s history. 

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Spring 2017

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2016

Due to the Brexit decision a few months ago and the lasting sanctions on Russia, the external uncertainty is remaining high and expectations on growth are low in Finland. Brexit is sending ripple waves all over Europe and Finland is no exception. 47% of CFOs responding to our survey this fall assess that their business will be negatively affected by the decisions of the Brits. Only Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland and, naturally, the UK have posted higher proportions. 


Fall 2016

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2016

The biannual Deloitte SEB CFO survey draws a picture of Finnish companies’ short-term intentions that is more courageous and optimistic than the spirited debate around the competitiveness of Finnish economy might suggest. The survey data from Finnish chief financial officers aggregates a sentiment that companies based in Finland are increasingly willing to hire more employees (25% hiring more) and continue to make strategic investments at an equal level both in Finland (20%) and abroad (21%). 

Spring 2016
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