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Taxation slowly becoming greener

Long-term progress:
Environmental taxes’ share of tax revenues remains moderate.
Short-term progress:
Environmental taxes’ share of tax revenues has decreased recently.
Progress in relation to targets:
So far, there has been no major shifting away from the taxation of labour towards environmental taxation. Taxation of labour has also increased in recent years.

Environmental taxes as a share of state tax revenues in 1990–2013

Environmental taxes
Environmental taxes include energy taxes, transport taxes, emission taxes and resource taxes. In 2011, households paid more than one third of all environmental taxes. Source: Statistics Finland. 2015.

In 2013, environmental taxes accounted for less than 7% of Finland’s total tax revenue.

At present, almost one half of environmental taxes are generated from taxation on transport fuels, and one third from vehicles. The tax burden on energy production, electricity consumption and waste has tightened over the last few years.


  • Statistics Finland. 2015.


Published 2016-02-10 at 11:06, updated 2016-02-10 at 10:34